Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 14 Luke 3:1-6
Saturday, December 15
1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
and the rough places shall become level ways,
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ ministry. He was a prophet, but while his predecessors spoke of the coming Messiah, John the Baptist’s message was one of repentance for the forgiveness of sin, for the Messiah was amongst them.
What does John’s message mean for us today?
- Prepare the way of the Lord –accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and open your heart to Him
- Make his paths straight – put your selfishness and stubbornness aside and submit to Him allowing Him full access to all parts of your body, mind, and soul
- Every valley shall be filled – your weaknesses shall be made strong in Christ
- Every mountain and hill shall be made low – He will break down your pride and arrogance; He will destroy your idols
- The crooked shall become straight – where you have diverted from His way, He will bring you back
- The rough places shall become level ways – He will increase in you the fruit of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
- And all flesh shall see the salvation of God – your transformation will serve as a living testimony to the salvation of God.
John’s message continues on with us, for the Messiah has come and He will come again. We make thousands of preparations in our lifetime, but the most important preparation we can make or can help someone else to make is the way of the Lord. As you prepare for the celebration of Christmas, turn your focus toward preparing the way of the Lord, for yourself, your family, and your loved ones.
Gracious Father, help us to prepare a place in our hearts and lives for Your Son Jesus, that all flesh will see Your salvation and will be ready when He comes again. Amen.
More in Journey to Bethlehem 2018
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