Luke 3:1-6 —

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out 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 be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”

 

from Earl Shaw, Minister of the Word, Christian Church in WV

At the time of Christ, when a king toured his kingdom, he sent ahead a courier to prepare the way.  John is the courier sent forth to usher in the reign of God.  John undoubtedly took the prophet Isaiah’s word to heart as he searched the scriptures and prepared to receive the Lord in the wilderness.  Preparing in what way?  By conversion – turning heart and mind from sin and rebellion to trust and submission to God’s word and His will for our lives.  Luke, by emphasizing the universal call of the gospel to all without distinction quotes from the prophet Isaiah that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”  John stood at the door of a new era of grace and salvation.  As Christmas approaches, we each have the opportunity to witness to others the joy and freedom of the gospel as did John.

Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit. 

Inflame my heart with love for your word.  Just as John,

 radiate the joy of the gospel to those around me.

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