John the Baptist Is Born


Chapter 3
Elizabeth was going to have a baby

The angel Gabriel told Mary that Elisabeth was going to have a baby boy. Mary and Elisabeth were cousins. Luke 1:36–38

Mary visited Elisabeth

Mary went to visit Elisabeth. The Holy Ghost told Elisabeth that Mary would be the mother of Jesus Christ. Mary and Elisabeth were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they thanked God for blessing them. Mary stayed with Elisabeth for three months. Then she went home to Nazareth. Luke 1:39–56

John was born

Elisabeth’s son was born. Her friends and family were happy. They thought that the baby should have the same name as his father, Zacharias. But Elisabeth said that his name would be John. Everyone was surprised. Luke 1:57–61

Zacharias named the baby John

The people asked Zacharias what the baby’s name should be. He still could not talk, so he wrote: “His name is John.” Luke 1:62–63

Zacharias told about Jesus

At last Zacharias could speak. He was filled with the Holy Ghost. He thanked God for the baby, and he told the people that Jesus Christ would soon be born. Luke 1:64, 67, 76

John taught the people about Jesus

When John grew up, he taught the people about Jesus. John was a great prophet. Luke 1:67–79

[illustrations] Illustrated by Paul Mann