The magnificent work of John the Baptist

Luke Bible Background

03.20.2016 New Testament: Luke 1.76–79

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 1.57–80 on March 20, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Most people know that John the Baptist served as the forerunner of the King, Jesus the Christ, announcing ahead of the King that He was coming and that the people had to prepare for Him. How did they prepare for Him?

The father of John the Baptist at his birth, revealed what or how the forerunner would prepare the people to receive their King,

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,

Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
(Luke 1.76–79)

Part of John’s work included:

  • Giving people the knowledge of salvation
  • Explaining that salvation comes through the remission of sins
  • Explaining that the remission of sins comes through the tender mercy of God
  • Showing that the Dayspring had come to give light to those in darkness
  • Showing that the Dayspring would guide our feet in the way of peace


  • Do you know Jesus?
  • Have you allowed Him to save you from your sins?

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