The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3
How can one be saved unless there is a messenger?
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:15
The message of salvation is the most important message of all time, but even it requires that there be a messenger. Before Jesus, the road to salvation was crooked. It was an impossible path of holiness and righteousness, and nobody could follow its requirements.
God’s plan of salvation began with a messenger proclaiming the nearness of man’s deliverance. John the Baptist was that messenger.
The message of salvation required action on the part of the people. They had to prepare. The messenger helped them be ready to receive. He told them to repent. He immersed them in water, symbolizing cleansing from sin. Their willingness to repent and be baptized is what made the highway straight.
In this Advent season, what are you preparing for?
What is the anxious expectation of your heart? Oh, dear ones! We must be careful in this particular season to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus and the miracle of His birth, not Santa and his gifts. Consider how in childhood the anxious expectation of Santa coming brought such joy and anticipation. That, unfortunately, was misplaced desire.
The word advent means the arrival of a notable person, thing or event. It carries with it an expectant waiting and preparation.
Who is the notable person you and your family are expecting?
During this season, we must be careful and diligent to prepare our hearts for the arrival of our King Jesus!
Nearly 2000 years ago, the King came on a highway made straight through repentance. Without repentance, the way would’ve remained blocked.
The principle of this prophecy remains the same today:
- We have been entrusted with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s the most important message of all time with the power to save, heal, deliver and empower; yet even that message can lie dormant if there is no messenger (consider the Dark Ages).
- Repentance is still the preparation required to enter and remain in the kingdom.
- A notable person is coming. Are you anticipating His arrival with anxious expectation?
Let’s talk about it.
Are you a messenger for the Gospel? (The Gospel must be spoken and shared – not just demonstrated. Jesus preached and demonstrated.)
How does frequent repentance keep you in the kingdom?
Is there more excitement for Jesus’ return or for Santa’s?