As we begin the Christmas story, a miraculous and incredible story that leads into Jesus birth is the birth of John the Baptist. Luke 1 tells of how Zachariah had a vision that God would bless Elizabeth with a child, but because of Zachariah’s disbelief God made him mute. God blessed Elizabeth and she was able to conceive even in her old age. This story fits into the Christmas story because during Elizabeth’s pregnancy Mary came to visit and Elizabeth felt her child within her jump for joy at Mary’s arrival.
When the baby was born everyone wanted to name him Zachariah, but both mother and father insisted that the child be called John. This John became John the Baptist and taught about Jesus’ coming, and eventually baptized Jesus!
This is a great story to share with children because it is another miraculous part of the Christmas story that is too often over looked!
If you like what you read about this Bible Miracle, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.