Saturday, December 7, 2013

Preparing the Way

Mark 1:1-3 - The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.” “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.’” 

John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus; made His paths straight. We call Jesus the Way and rightfully so. He is the Way. And the path to Him is also straight, direct and He will make our paths straight.

While this is a time to celebrate His birth, we must remember that He became the Way to the Father by way of the humiliating cross. The Mediator between God and man...the Way. Picture the cross spanning a chasm.  God is on one side, we on the other. The crossbeam where He was hung is the only means of getting from one side to the other. The Way.

The preparation for Christ was accounted in the Book of Mark. Mark wrote about John the Baptist who was Jesus' cousin, just a few months older than He. He was born that he would, by faith, prepare the way for the coming of the Way.

People around the world do the same. It shouldn't be any different. Everyone needs to be prepared for the way to Christ. We are messengers of today, voices crying in the wilderness of others' lives that there is a way, not just for the birth we celebrate at this time of year, but a new birth in your life.

Prepare the way of the Lord this Christmas. Prepare as you would for this day on earth only prepare your heart along with that. Look not at Christmas in the usual way. Seek it with the idea of Jesus in your heart. Prepare yourself for straighter paths. Let the season of his birth be a season with a new birth in your life.

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