A PREPARED PEOPLE
There is a very significant movement of God that can be seen at different times throughout history. In that we are focusing more on the coming of Jesus the Messiah, we will look at the role of John the Baptist in preparing people for His coming and how we can do the same.
At the announcement to Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth would give birth to John, the angel said to him; “he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared”” (Luke 1:15–17).
It is clear that the preparation John was sent to do was far more than making public appearances and telling people to be ready for the coming of Jesus through repentance. Hearts would have to change so they put God first; relationships in families would need to follow God’s original plan. There would need to be a major shift in how people respected the wisdom of God through those who proclaimed the Word of God. He wanted “a people prepared” for the coming of His Son.
Should it be any different today? Jesus has left us with the responsibility to “prepare” hearts by giving the message of the gospel. There are people waiting to hear the message because in some way, God has prepared their hearts to receive it. I will explain this point more tomorrow, but for now, let us be urgent with the business of turning hearts like John did and doing whatever it takes to prepare their hearts.
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