Mark 1:1-8 (Adapted from Sanguin 12)
The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah:
Look, I am sending my messenger before you.
He will prepare your way,
a voice shouting in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight.”
John the Baptist was in the wilderness calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins…. He announced, “One stronger than I am is coming after me. I’m not even worthy to bend over and loosen the strap of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
John was sent to prepare a new and different way. John was out in the wilderness blazing a new trail for the new thing God was doing. And still today, every year, we hear the the prophet’s proclamation. His words are like dynamite sent to break open the granite stone of our hearts. Busting boulders so that every mountain shall be made low and cutting through brush to make straight a highway in the desert. John is the guy who works for the highway department holding a sign that says, “Road work ahead.” If we are truly to prepare the way during this season, perhaps along with our Sunday bulletins, we should pass out hard hats and roadside warnings that flash in neon lights Prepare!
How are we preparing for the words of God to once again break us open so that the roadwork may begin?