“Isaiah had spoken of John when he said, ‘He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!” (Luke 3:4).


The coming of John, son of Zechariah, had not only been announced by the angel Gabriel, it had been predicted by the prophet Isaiah. John the Baptist was the Messianic Forerunner, coming in the spirit of Elijah, he was the Preparer of the Way. Every king must have a herald to go before him announcing his arrival. John was Christ’s herald. His job was to prepare the soil of the people’s hearts for the Seed of God’s Word. His message was to proclaim, “People get ready! The King is coming!”
PRAYER: Lord, may our voices be known as John’s was, as those who proclaim the coming of the Lord Jesus. Help us to choose our words wisely. We confess our wasting of words on many worthless things. We ask you to strengthen our voices to speak words of life and hope in Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.