What extravagant measures would you take if you knew that Jesus was coming back to earth?
John the Baptist knew his purpose was to fulfill Isaiah 40:3-5. “As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God’” (Luke 3:4–6).
This is a royal highway construction! The only way that a path can be made straight is by bringing in earth movers. The most powerful earth mover for John was the water of REPENTANCE! (Matthew 3:8, 11; Mark 1:4, 15; Luke 3:3, 8). The valleys of low understanding of God’s purpose for us must be raised up so we live His plan and purpose in the power of the Holy Spirit. That also means mountains of pride and self-sufficiency are brought down in humility. The crooked unbiblical habits must be straightened by applying God’s Word and Truth. Where the rough places of corrupt talk, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander must “be put away from you” (Ephesians 4:29-32) so a level way for the gospel of grace can be lived through us.
“All flesh shall see the salvation of God” as we become determined to make a royal highway, a straight path in our lives. Jesus wants to be proclaimed to those who are waiting for a visible expression of the Savior, the King of kings and Lord of lords. What measures will you take?
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