John the Baptist sends messengers to Jesus asking, “Are you the Coming One or do we look for another?” Jesus responds by listing the miracles He has performed, then goes on to say that no other man is greater than John the Baptist.
John the Baptist continues his ministry. Jesus is baptized, and the Spirit descends upon Him like a dove. Herod Antipas imprisons John for calling him out about his marriage to his brother’s wife Herodias.
John the Baptist’s ministry in the wilderness. He admonishes Israel to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. He quotes the prophecy of Isaiah which calls him “…the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”
Zacharias’ blessing of his son, John the Baptist after his voice was restored at the baby’s circumcision. An examination of the Messianic prophecies Zacharias quotes in this blessing. A brief look at the name of Jesus – Dayspring – and the significance of this word, also translated “east” in Messianic prophecy.
John the Baptist’s father – Zacharias’ – encounter with the angel Gabriel at the temple altar of incense. Examination of what the Bible teaches and doesn’t teach about the relationship between Elijah and John the Baptist. A brief look at what Luke says (and doesn’t say) about the date of John the Baptist’s birth.
Luke’s own explanation of his reason and qualification to write this gospel account. A discussion of the divisions of the ancient Hebrew priesthood established during the reign of King David by lot. God’s repeated redemption of childless couples throughout the Scripture. God’s Levitical ordinances pertaining to the burning of incense before Him. The symbolic significance of incense representing the prayers of the saints.