Luke 3:4-5 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.’”
Have you ever started a project without having a plan? Perhaps. But would you imagine doing some massive road construction without a plan? I think not. In fact, when you watch a road being built, you’ll note that workers don’t just slap that new blacktop down. The plan involves a lot of preparation before they put down the final surface. There are weeks or months of smoothing land and removing trees and anything else in the way. They bring in materials such as rock and sand and rods, as well as machines and trucks to pack the materials. Finally, after they’ve done all the preparation, and only then, do they put down the concrete or asphalt.
Having a plan is essential, especially when dealing with major construction. God had some major construction to do in our hearts. He revealed his plan to us after Adam fell into sin. God’s plan was to send Jesus. But before Jesus came, Isaiah revealed the major preparation that needed to be done. The roads needed to be straightened, the valleys filled in, the mountains made low, the rough roads made smooth.
This preparation work was done by John the Baptist with God’s Word. It was John preparing hearts for the glorious news of Jesus and the work that he would do while on earth. John’ preparation was crucial to the ministry of Jesus. Repentance was preached and forgiveness was found in Christ.
Christmas is right around the corner. What obstacles do you need removed in your life? How about sin and guilt? How about the temptations that get us into trouble? What about putting away our sinful nature and living as children of God? Every day we need to prepare our hearts to meet Jesus. We need to search them according to God’s law and then apply the gospel -Jesus and his gift of forgiveness.