Birth of John the Baptist
The Bible revealed hundreds of years before Jesus came that
a forerunner would precede the coming of the Messiah.
Matthew referred to him as the Herald, the official
messenger who would announce the King`s arrival.
In around 5 BC during the days of King Herod the great,
there was a priest named Zacharias who had a wife named
Elizabeth. They were both descendants of Moses` brother
Aaron who was the first High-priest and the founder of the
The angel revealed to Zacharias that Elizabeth his wife
would bear a son, they were to name him John (Hebrew
Meaning "God is Gracious") and he would be great in the
sight of the Lord, and he would prepare the way for the
coming of the King.
Elizabeth became pregnant and all her relatives rejoiced at
the miracle, and nine months later John was born, the whole
time Zacharias was unable to speak yet once his son was
born they made gestures to him about what to name his son.
He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "his name is