Luke is a Greek medical doctor. Their training was as rigorous as for the modern doctor. Luke never saw Jesus. You and I can get as close as Luke got to Jesus – through the eyes of the eyewitnesses such as Mary. What verse speaks particularly to you?
“And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
Speaking of John the Baptist, Luke here makes the Spirit-filled connection to Elijah.
Particularly he links to God’s words in Malachi 4, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
What was John’s message?
Repent and believe.
It is the message that Jesus preached. And John pointed to Jesus. Elijah pointed to Jesus.
We can be encouraged that we are a part of this people prepared, made ready for the Lord.
* Lord God,
Please mould us each day, make us more and more like Jesus, who is our Good Shepherd.
Please help us to preach Your word to those around us, and please turn their hearts, that they might hear and believe, repent and seek Your face with us.