It’s all about the babies. We see and hear the mothers, in our text but have no doubt, this text is all about the babies. That’s way it is with our God. Whenever He wishes to work big things for His people He does so through the sending of a baby. Adam and Eve sinned in the garden and what does God do? He promises them a baby, one who would be born of Eve’s seed, who with bruised heel would crush the serpent’s head. In calling Abram out of idolatry what does God promise? He promises a baby. The seed of Abraham would be a blessing to the nations. The same is true for Isaac and Jacob and Judah and Boaz and Obed, and David.
God has a plan, a purpose for John. God has a plan and purpose for you. Right now, John’s eyes are preaching a sermon that John’s heart struggles to bear. Everything he sees tells not of God’s grace but of God’s judgement. Your eyes are preaching to you this morning. What do you see? What is real? John is struggling with reality. What are your struggles? John is in prison.