My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Make Ready the Way
as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.
(Luke 3:4 NASB)
The prophet Isaiah had said that there would be one who would cry
out in the wilderness. John the Baptist was that man. The message was
to make ready the way for the one who was coming. How was that to
happen? His paths were to be made straight, the valleys were to be
filled in, the high places to be leveled out and the crooked places
straight. It was a commentary on the actual physical preparation of a
community for the arrival of the King. The road needed to be completely
repaired before the King would come. You didn't want the King to be
traveling on a bad road that had lots of curves and ups and downs to it.
Instead you did everything that you could to make the road as nice as
possible. It was as straight as possible, and the low spots were filled
in, while you cut paths through the mountainous regions -- all in an
effort to make it easy for the King to arrive. This was the message that
John was preaching to the people of his day.
John knew that the Messiah was coming soon. The best way for
people to be prepared to receive him was to get the obstacles out of
their lives. They were repenting and being baptized. They weren't
accepting Christ as the Messiah, but rather, they were simply getting
back on track from where they'd been in their lives. So many had
wandered away from what God had intended for his children. Simply
heading again in the right direction made it possible for them to make
the path straight -- so that when the Messiah came, they would see him
for who he was and be ready to accept him.
I believe that followers of Christ are also called to prepare the
way. That means preparing the way for those who need to find the
Messiah. We are called to make the paths straight, to level out the low
places, and take the bends out of the road. Sometimes Christians are
the boulders in the road that keep people from finding Christ.
Sometimes it's our attitudes or the impression that we may give off that
we are "holier" than others that becomes the obstacle. Or maybe it's
the Church, itself that makes the path difficult. Do we make it too
hard to find Christ because the road through the Church is so
complicated that it would take a road map to even know if Jesus, Himself
were there. We are called to prepare the way for the Messiah. Get rid
of anything that would lead someone down the wrong path, and make the
way to Him simple and clear!
Lord, please help me examine my own life for the boulders which may be in the way of others finding you. Amen.