The prophet of Isaiah wrote:
Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!” – Isaiah 40:3-5
John the Baptist would be the one to come and prepare the way for Jesus. Let’s look at two ways the birth of John the Baptist as recorded in Luke 1 was miraculous. First, Luke tells us in verse 7 Elizabeth, who would be John’s mother, was both barren and advanced in years. She could not conceive a child. Second, Zechariah, who would be John the Baptist’s father, was chosen by lot to enter the temple and burn incense. It is there Zechariah had an angel appear to him with the message that he and Elizabeth would have a son.
Was this chance? What if the lot had fallen to someone else, and Zechariah had not been in the temple?
Listen to this proverb:
The dice are cast into the lap; all decisions are from the Lord.- Proverbs 16:33, CEB
You can think of casting lots like rolling dice or flipping a coin: we typically think it is completely random and left up to chance. However, this proverb, as well as other places in the Bible, paint a different picture. Even what seems to be the most random of events lies under God’s sovereignty. He is in complete and total control—nothing will stop what He plans.
So, the two reasons why John the Baptist had a miraculous beginning: his mother should not have been able to conceive him, and his father “just so happened” to be in the temple and receive a prophecy from an angel. Again, God keeps His word—even in seemingly impossible circumstances.
This text shows us, against all worldly odds, God’s plan for salvation since before the foundation of the earth would come to pass. John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Christ, about whom Hebrews 1:3 says, “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command…” We can be sure, if we are sons and daughters of God, He will stop at nothing to turn all things for our good as He transforms us into the image of Christ.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28