The Birth of Saint John the Baptist June 24 Holy Day
(from For All the Saints, Anglican Church of Canada)
The birth of Saint John the Baptist is told in the Gospel according to Luke, where it serves as the bridge between the Old Testament and the time of Christ.
Just as God intervened to make Abraham and Sarah have a child (OT) and become the forebears of the chosen people, so an angel announced to righteous Zechariah that he and his wife were to have a son who would be the forerunner of the Chosen One, the Christ. So it came to pass that Elizabeth conceived and gave birth to a son, whom she named John. Then his father, Zechariah prophesied, saying, ‘You my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.’
Zechariah also saw that his son’s mission would prepare the way for the fulfilment of God’s oath, ‘the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.’
Thus, according to Luke, the birth of John the Baptist gathered up and embodied the whole truth of the Old Testament and made it ready for its own perfection in Christ Jesus, the One whose way John was born to prepare.
cf. Parish Bulletin June 23, 2013