Isaiah 40:3 NKJV — The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.”
These words, penned hundreds of years before, we’re fulfilled.
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
Luke 1:5-7 KJV
They were righteous before God, but they were childless.
Elizabeth’s barrenness wasn’t a punishment, but rather an opportunity.
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 1:11-17 KJV
Elizabeth’s only child was the man God used to fulfill His Word through Isaiah.
Mark 1:2-4 KJV — As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Mark 1:7-8 KJV — And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
John the Baptist not only declared the Messiah throughout his adulthood, he was used by God to confirm His Word to Mary before he was born.
Luke 1:41-45KJV — And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
This Christmas may we need these things and prepare our hearts before God as well as declare the truth.
Jesus Christ is the reason for this holiday and He is returning some day.
“Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God!”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the miraculous life of John the Baptist and how You used him so mightily to prepare the hearts of people. Lord, please continue this blessing. Work through those who are following You to prepare the hearts of people for Your return. Help us remember that You gave specific instructions to those who would follow You. Lord, I want to be about Your business. I want to be walking in Your will daily. Thank You for the scriptures which are truth and life and blessing. Lord, my life is Yours. May it bring glory to Your name. I love You, Jesus. Amen.