The Last Old Testament Prophet

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
Luke 1:57-66
The Last Old Testament Prophet

The promise to Elizabeth and Zechariah is fulfilled. She gives birth to their son John, the very one who would point to Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He would be called John, just as the angel had foretold. John, which means “the Lord has shown favor,” emphasizes God’s grace in giving Zechariah and Elizabeth a child in their advanced age. John is truly the Lord’s gift to you as well because he prepared the way for your Savior, Jesus. John was that final link, that final Old Testament prophet, who would point us to Jesus. And as he would grow and recognition and following, he would eventually declare his need to decrease as Jesus the Christ would increase, so that we might have salvation through Him. Therefore do not doubt, but dare to proclaim what the Lord has promised and accomplished for your salvation. His blessings never cease to amaze!
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