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Posted: Thursday 8 December, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Preparation for the coming of the Messiah

Bertram Charles

    Scripture:  Isaiah 40 : Verse 3 

     

    In this world of constant warfare, we are not only fighting against people of flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places, but God is always with us to strengthen us, to encourage us and to comfort His people.  

    The Prophet Isaiah comforting message to us this Advent is to hear the voice of Him that cried in the wilderness. Prepare for the coming of the Lord: Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, King of Kings and Emmanuel.
     
    As the forerunner, John’s duty was to clear away all roadblocks, bring back the people to obedience of the law, remove all hypocrisy, pride, self-righteousness, remove all obstacles and impediments in the path of the Messiah and remove all and everything out of the way which may be offensive to the Messiah.

    When the heads of government or diplomats travel to foreign countries, there is always a forerunner or advanced team to prepare the way for the visiting diplomatic mission. Travel arrangements, hotel reservations, transportation, security, itinerary, protocol etc. Preparations are made for the arrival of earthly dignitaries to earthly kingdoms but we neglect to prepare for the advent of the heavenly King of Kings. In preparing for the coming of the Messiah, we must be washed and be cleansed and be spotless for His coming.  

    As a boy, I remembered that for the coming of Christmas people would clean around their homes; houses were painted; old furniture and household goods were replaced with new ones.  There was the spiritual feeling of Christmas in the air with carols, music, serenading, and plenty to eat and drink. There was a sense of penitence, worship, adoration and renewal during the Christmas season because Christ is the reason for the season.  

    John the Baptist had an instructive and prophetic voice. His voice was one that cried, published and proclaimed aloud with zeal, conviction, love, freedom and liberty. John exhorted the people to prepare to meet the Messiah by believing, repenting, changing our ways and accepting and returning to God. 

    When Jesus comes, those who are afflicted, humble, poor and downtrodden before God shall be comforted and be uplifted. Those who are arrogant, proud and haughty shall be humbled and debased. When Jesus comes the glory of the Lord shall be revealed to all flesh, Jews and Gentiles, for the Word decreed it and it shall be fulfilled.
     

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