Week beginning: 14th December, 2014

By Sir Jeremy Cooke | London

"…you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord….. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

Luke 1:13-17, NIV (1984)

"Elijah" means "Yahweh is my God". "John" means "Yahweh is gracious". "Jesus" means "Yahweh is salvation". Names used in the scriptures are significant and are intended to indicate character. Whatever names we have been given (and many of us have been called many different things in our time), will our character reveal that the Lord is our God, that He is full of grace and that He saves?

Will many rejoice because we seek to make ready a people prepared for Him and the Day of the Lord, when justice will finally be done? Will we be found fulfilling roles akin to Elijah and John, seeking to turn hearts and minds to the God who saves?

If not, why not? If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

Prayer Points

1. Ask for opportunities and the boldness to share the fact that Jesus is our salvation.

2. Give thanks that you are today a child of God, loved by your Creator who knows you fully.