A most humbling and terrible task, to announce the Son of God, the Savior or the world (John 1:6-10). Like the moon only reflects the light of the sun, John the Baptist only tells of the coming promised redeemer of all mankind. The moon is a large round mass of cold rock, dust and ash. it is dead, light less and lifeless without the sun. Much the same, man is a spiritually dead form with a heart of stone, cold, lifeless without the Son of God. The light of men shines upon man’s soul and gives life (Romans 8:11)
Would John the Baptist have known this day was coming from the moment he leaped in Elizabeth’s womb at the announcement of Mary (Luke 1:41)? Jesus the creator of the world knew the grass He walked in. He knew what chloroform was. Jesus knew every pebble in the streams He crossed. Our Lord was intimately familiar with every ache and pain of every person. He knew the cost of the curse He levied upon His creation. Jesus, in the womb, knew John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb. They grow up together. No doubt John would have committed himself to his duties as priest and prophet.
This month we celebrate the birth of the Savior of all mankind. God came to earth to be among us. The magnificent counselor was born. John the Baptist had the privilege of announcing Him.