I can’t believe it!
I guess you didn’t not see it…
A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
If we read the caption above, we note the double negative: â€œdidnâ€™t not.â€ Writing this, my word-processing program kept pointing to my error.
Word-processing programs are a wonderful invention for someone like me who has terrible spelling skills. Either a red or green underline shows up. Red if the word appears to be misspelled, green if the grammar is incorrect.
Letâ€™s think of John the Baptist as Godâ€™s word-processor. He went out to proclaim a wonderful gift, that people could renew their lives if they would only repent, make straight their ways. Salvation was theirs if they would take the steps to correct themselves.
Like my word-processing program, John pointed out serious errors, especially of the so-called â€œleadersâ€ of the day. He put really big red underlines under all sinfulness.
His call to repentance was just like that of the word-processor. The error is obvious, its been pointed out. But now what? We have to recognize that red underline; we have to see it. Then, we have to take action to fix it. We have to correct the spelling and grammar of our lives, bringing them into alignment with Godâ€™s way.
Whenever we hear Johnâ€™s cry “Prepare the wayâ€¦ make straight the paths… fill-in the valleysâ€¦ make low the mountains and hillsâ€¦make the winding roads straightâ€¦ the rough ways smoothâ€ we also begin to think like construction workers. We laugh, get me a bulldozer and a big crew and we can do it. Construction takes engineering, study, process, and hard work. John wasnâ€™t talking about construction! He was shouting about the engineering, study, process, and hard work we have to do to make our lives right before God.
Let us be dedicated to making our lives straight, smooth, and level; getting rid of the red underlines, living lives based on Godâ€™s desires for us. Doing so, we have the guarantee of finding peace, renewal, and seeing His salvation.
The Jewish people were carried away to captivity and spent generations there. When they were freed they didnâ€™t see it coming. We already know Jesus is returning. We do not need to foresee the moment for we know we must prepare. Prepare His way and be ready to rejoice. Stand ready to share in peace and great joy at His Salvation. Come Lord Jesus!