The name John means “God’s gift,” and such was the Baptist. From the moment he came on the preaching scene, he proved himself a powerful, captivating herald of God. His bold, dramatic, austere, and uncompromising style is what many people had in mind when they hoped for a Messiah. But John understood that his role was to prepare the way for the One who was to come. His prophetic witness and commitment to his call are his legacy to us. Share in his gift by being true to your own Christian calling.
Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80 (587).
“They wanted to name the baby after his father. But his mother said, ‘No; he is to be called John.’ ”