An empty cradle sat collecting dust in the quiet home of an elderly couple. The woman prayed for many years to have children, but that hope was long gone and now she had quietly accepted her fate.
This could be the scene of any home today, but it took place centuries ago. Zachariah was a priest in the temple. He and his wife, Elizabeth were both God fearing and followed the commandments. It seemed a simple request to ask God for a child, but for some reason their prayers went unanswered.
In this scenario, as with many in God’s book, we see how God determines the right time and place for our prayers to be answered and how He uses those circumstances to do amazing things.
One day, as Zachariah was tending the incense in the temple, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him that he and his wife would have a son and that this boy would fulfill an ancient prophecy. Zachariah was doubtful and because of this, his own voice was silenced until the birth of his son, John.
The joy in Elizabeth’s heart had to have been overwhelming as she prepared for the birth of her first born child. I’m sure she was wondering why God waited so long, but here she was – well beyond child bearing years – old and pregnant. The faith of this woman had to be tremendous. The thought of having a child at my age would be terrifying, but she accepted God’s will for her life.
John would grow into the forerunner of Jesus, Christ – the Savior of the world. Things were finally being set in motion. The boy, John, would grow into the man who would prepare the way for Jesus, Christ. He would be known as John the Baptist and fulfill the ancient prophecy..
Isaiah 41:3 A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”