03-14-18 FaithLine Devotion PREPARING THE WAY OF THE LORD…

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My dear brothers and sisters, dedicating your lives to singing for Jesus: “…many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses…it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, TO WRITE AN ORDERLY ACCOUNT for you, most excellent Theophilus…” (Luke 1:1-3)

Who was this man named Theophilus that Luke addresses here and in the book of Acts? A possibility is that Theophilus was a wealthy and influential man in the city of Antioch. There are second-century references to a man named Theophilus who was “a great lord” and a leader in the city of Antioch during the time of Luke. Such a man would fit the description, as many scholars believe that Theophilus could have been a wealthy benefactor who supported Paul and Luke on their missionary journeys. 

“…there appeared to him an angel of the Lord…Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him…the angel said to him, Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and YOU SHALL CALL HIS NAME JOHN.” (Luke 1:11-13)

Now Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth, in her old age, conceived a son and this was the birth announcement for John the Baptist who came to prepare the way of the Lord. At the same the angel visited Mary and let her know that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. The angel continued his announcement…

“…John will be great before the Lord…he will be filled with the Holy Spirit…to turn the hearts of the fathers…and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, TO MAKE READY FOR THE LORD A PEOPLE PREPARED. (Luke 1:15-17)


FaithLinethe bible says: “…when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit…”

-Bill Stockham