Prepare the way for the LORD.
A voice. In the wilderness.
PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE LORD!
I was reading in Isaiah 40 this morning, actually, I was reading at first in Luke 3, then refrenced back to Isaiah 40… the prophecy of John preaching in the wilderness.
John’s central message was preparation, but part of that preparation was “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”.
The Season of Advent has finished, and we are now in the Season of Christmas. The central theme of Advent is looking at Christ’s first coming, but looking forward to his second coming is also another theme that is often overlooked or missed. This morning, I was struck with a question I hadn’t really thought about before…. what does it mean for US to prepare the way of the LORD? For his second-coming?
Verse 5 in Isaiah 40 talks about the Glory of the LORD being revealed and says, “all people will see it together” in NIV, in another translation it says “and all flesh shall see the salvation of God”. I still can’t help but think of the second-coming of Christ in this statement. All people saw the salvation of God in the face of Jesus Christ, but when he comes again, we will ALL see with our own eyes what we’ve lived out in faith. It also made me think of 1 Corinthians 13, the latter part of the chapter, verse 12,it says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known…”.
Soon we will see it all together. The Glory of God. Revealed. The fulfillment of our faith and salvation in the face, body, and death of Jesus Christ, and in his return for us. What do you think, what does it look like for us to help prepare the way for the LORD today?
I think Matthew 28:18-20 gives us just a small glimpse of our duty and role
Repentance, Forgiveness, Baptism… same message still today!