prepare the way
Jesus of Nazareth was born 2,000 years ago in a Palestinian village called Bethlehem. Every Christmas, Christians celebrate his birth as the moment when God became a human being; the moment when he came to us.
Yet before Jesus began his ministry, a man named John the Baptizer stood at the Jordan River and called the people to repentance, telling them to prepare the way for the coming Messiah. Those who lined up at the river to be baptized recognized their brokenness and inability to save themselves. They longed for the redemption the Messiah would bring. They longed for him to come.
This Advent season we will walk alongside John and those who were awaiting a savior so many years ago. We will hear the same call to prepare the way for the Messiah through repentance. We, too, long for redemption and restoration.
He is coming.
Prepare the Way.