Advent: Day 16
“As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:”
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’” (Luke 3:4-6 (NIV)).
Again, Isaiah looks into the future to tell us of an important character that would be born just before Jesus – His cousin, John the Baptist. John came to light the way for Jesus. He came as a “forerunner”, as one who goes before a King, announcing His arrival and drawing attention to Him and His message. Luke talks about the miraculous birth of John the Baptist in the Birth narratives (Luke 1:5-25 & 39-43 & 57-66). John was a great servant of God. In fact, Jesus said there was none greater. Unfortunately, he was thrown into prison for standing for righteousness and executed. John’s life is an example of how we can play a role in telling others about Jesus – pointing people towards Him. We thank God, this day, for his example and courageous testimony “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17 (NIV)).
Prayer: Father, help us in our own ways to be “forerunners” for Jesus, to help people come to understand who He is and how He loves them. Give us the grace we need to be patient with people while at the same time, when called upon, to be bold. Give us the wisdom to know when to share and when to listen. Help us to do all these things as servants and in Christ like love. In Jesus’ name we pray – Amen.