So much could be written from these chapters, but I am just going to bring a few points across. Please feel share in the comments box anything that stuck out to you.
From the womb John the Baptist was set apart to his call, filled with the Holy Spirit (See Luke 1:15), and when Mary the mother of Jesus spoke John leaped for joy in the womb (See Luke 1:44). I bring up these points to show how much God can do in a person even before they are born. There is a generation coming up that will prepare the way for Jesus Christ’s second coming just as John prepared the way for His first. We shouldn’t wait till this generation is older to equip them for their call; the LORD wants to start from the womb. Luke 1:80 says that John, “grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.” John’s call was to speak to multitudes, but it was in the secluded deserts that he became strong in spirit to walk out his call.
Andrew and another disciple of John the Baptist asked Jesus, "where are You staying?” and Jesus replied, “come and see” (John 1:38-39). Andrew must have like what he saw because he went and found Simon his brother and brought him to Jesus (vs. 42). Then after Jesus found Philip, Philip found Nathaniel and brought him to Jesus. When Nathaniel questioned if the Messiah could come from Nazareth, Philip’s response was, “come and see” (vs. 46). God has a plan to use all His people to lead others to Jesus Christ; it’s not just the job of a few. It’s our job to share the message and invite them to come to Jesus. It’s the Holy Sprit’s job to make them “see;” He will open their eyes just as He did with these men.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan