Preparing the Way

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 thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.  The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Mark 1:1-3

This particular passage is speaking about John the Baptist, but I think that it could apply to any Christian.  The job of John the Baptist was to go before Jesus and “prepare the way before Him.”  He was supposed to prepare the way and make “the paths straight” by preaching repentance.  That is what we are supposed to be doing.

John did his job before Jesus came the first time.  Jesus is coming again, which we are all watching and waiting for.  We are the ones here now.  We should be doing our job of preparing the way for His second coming.  We should be doing the same thing that John the Baptist did: preparing the way by straightening things out and preaching repentance.

We straighten things out by teaching, preaching and practicing righteousness.  Paths are made crooked by sin and they are straightened out by the Lord Jesus and His righteousness.  We need to start by straightening our own paths, then we can help others straighten their paths.

We need to be preaching repentance.  Repentance is a change of mind or attitude.  It is a turning.  In this case, it is a turning away from sin and toward the Lord Jesus.

Those are the things that John the Baptist did to prepare the way for the first coming of Jesus Christ.  Those are the things that we need to do to prepare the way for His second coming.  John did his job so well that he was martyred for it.  How are we doing?

One response to this post.

  1. I really love that “paths are straightened out by the Lord Jesus and His righteousness.” Thank you for this Word from Him today! God bless you!

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