He had gone to burn incense inside the temple as other worshippers where praying outside. An angle of God appeared to him standing at the right hand side of the altar. He felt frightened and scared but the angel reassured him that he had good news. He told Zachariah that God had heard his prayers and would bless him with a son to be named John meaning God is gracious. The child will be a joy and delight to Zachariah and many people will rejoice because of his birth. The child will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will never take wine and would be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will convert many people back to Christ He will be a forerunner of Christ in the spirit of Elijah. Zachariah could not believe because he was too old to have children and his wife was barren. The angle gave him a sign by making him dumb until the child is born. The people who were waiting outside were wondering why he took long in the temple and when he came out he could not speak to them which made them realize that he had seen a vision. (b) John the baptist fulfilled the prophecies of Zachariah in the benedictions by He was named John which means God is gracious. His birth brought joy and gladness to Zachariah and Elizabeth. He was guided by the spirit of God in his work. He prepared many converts fro Christ. He had the spirit and power like Elijah He prepared the way for Christ though his preaching and teachings He called people to baptism as a sign of repentance. (c) Lessons Christians learn from the annunciation of the birth of john the Baptist God answers people prayers and therefore as God for the needs. Christians should not doubt God’s message an commands delivered through as servants. Christian’s couples should be devoted to God in prayers. Children are a gift from God and a joy to their parents God has a purpose for every child’s life.
Christians should commit themselves in serving God.. Christians should condemn evils in the society Christians should spread the gospel to non- believers so as to convert them t o Christianity Christians should be prepared for second coming of Christ. 16. 8 Jewish Religious practices observed by Jesus . Circumcised and named after 8 days as the law required Mary underwent purification after the birth of Jesus Turtles, doves presented at the temple Jesus observed the Sabbath by going to the synagogue At the age of twelve he went to the temple as required by law He attended the Jewish ceremonies He fasted/ prayed Attended Passover feasts He chose 12 disciples to represent 12 tribes of Israel (8x1=8mks) 12. The Galilean Ministry 1. (a)Roles of John the Baptist were:- o John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of the Messiah o He was a link between the O.T and the N.
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