Easter will be upon us next week. On April 8, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What He accomplished for us cannot be replicated. There is no substitute. It is simply a free gift of grace. When we accept it, we gain salvation and eternal life.
In Luke, chapter one, we foresee the birth and life of Christ; His call and resurrection. The birth of John the Baptist is also foretold. John leads the way for Christ. His parents are told that he will be, "a joy and delight to you," (Luke 1:14) and that, "he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous — to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:17).
When John's mother Elizabeth was six months along in her pregnancy, her relative, Mary, came to visit. Elizabeth exclaimed upon seeing her, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!" (Luke 1:42). Verse 45 goes on to read: "Blessed is she who believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"