A Message from The Pastor Mark 1:1-8 from: NKJV
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’ ” 4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
The Bible tells us the story of John the Baptist, whose primary purpose of ministry was to be the one who would prepare the way for the Messiah. This was so the Messiah would have an entry point into the lives of the people. Yet, before He could come into the hearts of the people, an important thing needed to take place in their hearts, and it’s called “repentance.”
We live in a day and age in which such a word may not necessarily be fashionable, yet it’s as needed now as it was in John’s day. While the people anticipated the presence of the Messiah, John prepared their hearts for His presence with a powerful message. This message was that before His presence, there must be repentance.
We too are called to “prepare the way” for Christ to enter the hearts of people around us. Our friends and families are looking for the reality of changed lives. Not perfect lives but changed lives!
Part of “preparing the way” is removing the obstacles that would keep people from getting to Jesus. These obstacles could be anything that would cause their focus to shift away from Christ.
I would ask that you pray during this time that God will help you to be one who “prepares the way” for the Messiah to impact lives around you. Pray that God will use you to bring honor and glory to not just the babe in the manger, but our soon, coming King!
Let us prepare the way!
Pastor Victor Harner