Prepare for the Coming of the King

In the ancient Middle East when the King decided to visit a village, he would send a messenger to tell the people. The people of the village would then begin intense preparations for the visit. They would make sure that the road into the village was smooth, clear, free of potholes. They would beautify their Main Street. They wanted the King’s visit to be perfect.

When John the Baptist began his ministry, he found his mission in Isaiah, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” John was the messenger. His message to all the people was the King is coming—obviously meaning God’s Chosen One, the Messiah.

John, still quoting from Isaiah, says, “Make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, every mountain and hill shall be made low.” That means the road for God’s visit is everywhere—and everywhere preparations should be made for the visit. “And the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth.” All the people in all the villages need to go out and do a massive road building project to prepare the way of the Lord.

This is an unlimited message. John (quoting Isaiah) says, “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

The people who heard John would have understood. They might not have agreed—after all, many other prophets had come proclaiming stuff that never happened. Isaiah wrote those words hundreds of years earlier.

Many did hear, understand and changed their lives. They prepared their hearts and lives for the coming of the Lord. And the world changed.

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