In the Gospel of Luke, the central character is Jesus Christ.
Before the Name of Jesus appears in Luke 1:31, we read of John the Baptist who paved the way for Jesus.
In the opening chapter of Luke's Gospel, we remember a man whose name was given to him by God. The man's name was John. His name means "The Lord is gracious." His name speaks of the grace of God, reaching out to many people through His ministry.
When John the Baptist preached, he called on the people of his own day to learn from the faithful of past generations. John was sent by God "to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous" (Luke 1:17).
In the story of John the Baptist, we see the greatness of a man who was "great in the sight of the Lord" (Luke 1:15).
As we think of human greatness, let's look beyond all of it to the greatness of God.