Preparing for the Promise

   Luke 3: 1 – 6  “Preparing for the Promise”

 

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord” … and John went

into the region … preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Lk 3: 3-4).

That is the road that the Baptist built.  It was a highway that he was building for Christ along

which the Lord Jesus’ holiness and truth could then find access to all areas of human life.

Perhaps John knew intuitively that the Lord Jesus wasn’t going the build a seminary of

classrooms to start  Kingdom expansion .  Rather, Jesus would be addressing men and

women with action-filled words:  “Follow Me:” (Mt:4: 19).

Salvation must be out on the road for all to see it.  The game was not to end on the coach’s

Blackboard. The same is true in every generation. “The road to holiness necessarily passes

through action.” (Dag Hammorskjold).

John the Baptist prepared the people for action in  the picturesque language of scripture:

“the mountains shall be brought low, the crooked made straight, the rough ways made smooth”

(Isa 40:3-5). People  came to John and asked him, “Teacher, what should we do? 10-14”  And He

told them. and they did it.

The old saying is still true that when the worship ends the real service begins. John the Baptist

made the people of his day ready to follow Jesus in word and deed.  We salute his faithfulness and preparation of the people to meet Jesus.  That is the calling that comes to all of us (Bjorge) .