PREPARE THE WAY
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
Prepare the way for the Lord... we are stepping into the ADVENT season and counting down our days until we once again celebrate the day in which Christ Jesus was born. Bu as we are stepping away from Thanksgiving, many of us have already been preparing for Christmas in hopes of helping 2020 to get over and done. BUT are we truly missing an opportunity as we prepare? I know that every year we all have different traditions as we begin putting up our Christmas trees, lights and other decorations. I know that we get this amazing feeling of hope as we begin the countdown to how many more days we have left before we get to open presents, but do we really take advantage of the call we have in our lives to prepare the way. Just like John the Baptist, we as disciples of Christ have been called to prepare the way for the return of the Lord. Just like the people of God that were living in anticipation of a King, we also live with the same hope of preparing the world for the return of THE KING.
Advent comes from the latin word adventous which mean preparation. I know that for many of us we really don't stop and think about the fact that our call in life is really to prepare the way for the return of Christ. We get so caught up in our own lives that sometimes we lose focus on the purpose of why God created us in the first place. As we accepted Jesus into our hearts, we have been living with a continual hope that God would soon return and the world as we know it that is filled with death and evil, would be renewed and healed. We must
begin to think that regardless of our current circumstance, every day is one day closer to the return of Jesus and we need to really be preparing for that day in mind. We need to be pouring into the lives of others and sharing the Gospel with family, friends, and neighbors. We need to be digging deeper into the Word and recognizing that we have things that need to be rooted out of our lives. We need to wake up every day with expectations that today could be the day and have I done all that I can to prepare the way for God to return or have I missed another opportunity to help restore the Kingdom of God to it fullest potential?
As we walk through this advent season, each week we will focus on one word the represents the coming of the King. This week we will be focusing on the word HOPE. As we lit the hope candle yesterday in our services, we are reminded that a world that was filled with darkness was given hope through the LIGHT of God. Our scripture verse today gives us the a glimpse of that HOPE as it is seen through the story of Jesus. Mark writes, The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” Mark is sharing with us the message from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who himself was able to experience the hope of life through the power of Christ from just a coal from the altar of God. We see that there were those that were called and sent before the Messiah to prepare the way. Many of them did not know if that was going to be minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or even years. All they knew was that God had given them hope and they wanted to do all that they could to prepare others to experience the same hope. It is similar to the ability that we have to share a meal with someone. We prepare the food, the table, the atmosphere and environment. We make sure that everything is perfect so that when they arrive and sit down, we HOPE that they will experience the love and effort that was put into the meal. We too are called to do the same thing for God. As we are waiting and anticipating the return of the King, we hope each day for more opportunities to help others to open their eyes for the first time or the first time in a long time to the power of God.
So as we begin this journey of Advent together, I pray that you will pause, pray and ask God to restore the HOPE you have in God and in His creation. I pray that every morning we wake up anticipating not only that today could be the day, but that we have an opportunity to
help others walk with us along the way. I pray that we see each day as a way to get stronger in our spiritual walk and look into the world with new eyes to see those that are in need of a touch of God's love. I pray that we will never lose our spiritual fervor as the world continues
to get darker and darker as each day goes by, and we thank God when we make it through the day because of the humbling ability that we have to be a part of the ones called to prepare the way of the Lord. It is has never been and it will never be an easy task to be the ones that go before, but in the end when we are able to look back and see the path that we laid out for God, we will be able to see the fruit that God has the ability to reap because of the laborers that were willing to prepare the fields. It truly means that we have to have an attitude change and that we are able to really take a good look in the mirror and recognize that we are not here for us but to be the hands and feet of God. Welcome to the journey of ADVENT 2020... I hope you are ready to prepare the way to lead others to find the HOPE of Glory! And just an FYI, the songs attached to our blog will be Christmas related until January.