“A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3
As we prepare for Jesus, John the Baptist is not an easy person for us to listen to. He wore a camel’s hair coat with a leather belt around his waist and he ate locusts and honey. His hair was long and unkempt. When the religious officials came to see him and be baptized by him, he insulted them by calling them names. Apparently John the Baptist had not read any church growth material that says first impressions are important.
John the Baptist seems out of place in our celebration. “‘This is the season to dey jolly, very eventful” as the popular xmas carol goes. John isn’t someone you would want to invite to your home for a holiday get-together. And yet each year we hear about John the Baptist who prepares us for Christ’s coming.
John’s task is to help us get ready to meet the Messiah as a great gift to save our world. We can not find our way to Bethlehem without the help of this man. John points out “the way, the truth and life” for us. The people were waiting for Christ, but the rugged prophet/evangelist John came first, and people mistake him to be the Lord they have been expecting for over 200 years. And for some 2,000 years now, John comes to prepare us.
Centuries before, the prophet Isaiah spoke about the one who was to come. “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: `Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'” John was that voice. His task was to lead people to Jesus the Messiah. What have we been doing to point to Christ as the Messiah? If none yet, live a good Christ-Like life to convince more to come to the truth and life. Remember, So many rejected his teaching while some gladly navigate from city to the wilderness to listen to him, repent, and be baptised..Matthew reports that people from all over Jerusalem and Judea “were going out to him.” Be the voice in this generation and every seasons! Shalom!