A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be lifted up, every mountain and hill made low; The rugged land shall be a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 40:3-5 NABRE
The prophet is speaking to those people who have been exiled from Jerusalem in Babylon and now have been set free to return to their home. There years of suffering have come to an end and with the Lord’s help they will find an easy path home. We see the words of a mysterious voice inviting them to set out, it fills them with hope. The gospels see this message as hope as well and we read them on the lips of John the Baptist. John is the voice crying in the wilderness, “prepare the way of the Lord!” John is calling the people to personal conversion, to a baptism of repentance. John is also the way for them to find Jesus, he is more than a prophet, he is the precursor. In his message prepare the way he is preaching the gospel, offering consolation to the people and sharing God’s desire for salvation for all humanity. Through the people who hear the gospel and follow Christ the glory of the Lord will be reveled!
We see God’s plan in a bit of an encapsulation. The people of Jerusalem are saved, and encouraged by a voice. The people of Israel hear a voice and Jesus comes for the salvation of all. God walks us toward a new reality, a new life giving force, the means of living our best life and being saved as well. God’s plan for our lives is without equal, we only need to hear the voice, prepare and follow.
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