A Personal God by James R. Coggins

Luke 1:5-25 tells a story with cosmic significance. The priest Zechariah was performing temple service on behalf of all the Jewish people (and in a sense on behalf of all people). Gabriel, an angel, who stands in the presence of Almighty God, appeared to Zechariah and told him about the coming birth of the prophet John the Baptist. He was to play the role of a second Elijah, fulfilling the last prophecy of the Old Testament (Malachi 4:4-6) and preparing the way for the Messiah, who would save all people. John was also supposed to fulfill the requirements for a Nazarite, a person consecrated for special service to God (Numbers 6).

However, in the midst of the angel’s description of John’s cosmic significance (“many will rejoice because of his birth”) is the brief comment that “He will be a joy and delight to you.” That is, in addition to blessing all of humanity, John would be a blessing to his parents. This is a reminder that, while God loves and blesses all people, He also loves and blesses each of us individually. That is a wonderful thing to know.

About jrcoggins

James R. Coggins is a professional writer and editor based in British Columbia, Canada. He wrote his first novel in high school, but, fortunately for his later reputation as a writer, it was never published. He briefly served as a Christian magazine editor (for just over 20 years). He has written everything from scholarly and encyclopedia articles to jokes in Reader’s Digest (the jokes paid better). His six and a half published books include four John Smyth murder mysteries and one other, stand-alone novel. In his spare time, he operates Mill Lake Books, a small publishing imprint. His website is www.coggins.ca
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