Prepare for His Coming 


“Make straight the way for the Lord.”
John 1:23b

“Until the daystar arises in your hearts” – that has been lit up these last days with a sense of God’s unfolding: the inner revelation of the coming Jesus that must come before the outward. Such an absolutely new thing as when this morning star flashes up from behind the dark ridge of distant mountains – poised for an instant like a flame kindled on the crest and then soaring slowly upward.   (21 January 1899)


Scripture:  Malachi 3:1; Luke 1:11-17; Luke 1:57-76; John 1:6-9

  • By what means would God prepare His people for Christ’s coming? (Malachi 3:1)
  • Who was the messenger who would prepare the way for Christ?
  • What would be the thrust of his preparation?
  • What further information about John and his mission is given in John 1:6-7?


Meditation on Scripture
As God anticipated man’s clouded vision, He not only offered prophetic clues to clarify His intention, but He promised a messenger” to prepare the way for the Lord, the long-awaited Messiah.

An angel prepared the prospective father, Zechariah not only of his future son but of his message:  to give the people a knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

So at last, when John finally fulfilled his mission as a witness to The Light, the stage was set.  For those who had hearts to believe and eyes to see: “the true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.”  Make straight the way for the Lord.  For us who have the additional light of hindsight, the message of Advent is the same.  The true Light is Coming.  Repent and prepare your hearts.  Make straight the way for the Lord.


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