Are you ready to turn the bend in our Prepared path?
As our advent-days approach Christmas, and we gradually wind our way through the story of all God prepared for the coming of the Lord that first advent, we are also drawing nearer to our destination: the Savior.
Today, we’ll fast-forward from Israel’s Old Testament history to the trailblazer who prepared the way for the coming Christ. The flame that was John, the Baptist, flickered preparation for the Coming Light.
It was Jesus who called him a lamp that burned and gave light (Jn 5:35). John’s blazing truth illuminated the density of mankind’s darkness. And spun a spotlight on the greater Light coming.
It was foretold by God’s prophets that John would make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
It was customary in the Ancient Near East to first prepare the roads a king would travel ahead of his journey to distant lands. A great King was indeed coming! And the assignment was given to John to ready the way.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world (Jn 1:6-9).
John was sent from God . . . as a witness. His family was faithful to prepare him for his calling.
How would you like to have his job?
Ah, but you do!
We are to testify to what the Light has done in our lives. We, like John, are to point to the Christ and boldly proclaim, Behold, the Light of the World has come!
And to shine in the glory of it all.
John was a prepared witness to testify about the Light so that all might believe.
Hear his testimony and believe!
Turn your chin heavenward and capture rays of the Lord’s light . . . and believe.
Out in the wilderness John declared; “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Prepare the way for the Lord to come into your wilderness. . . this wilderness. This wilderness of confusion. This secular wilderness of noise and excess. Clear the way for Jesus to enter in. Prepare room where clutter heeds His entry—whether clutter from worry or busy distraction. Prayerfully allow the obstacles to fall away . . . and only a focus upon Him remains.
To prepare for Christmas is to prepare a way for Him. Clear space for the Lord and allow His light to shine into it.
And shine it will!