Are We Prepared for Jesus?

Today’s Readings: Numbers 30-33, Psalm 35, Luke 3

This past week, I talked with my daughter Gianna about Easter. She said that Easter and Christmas were her favorite holidays, and I agreed. We talked about the Easter Story and how Jesus had given up His life for all of us. She said she loved him so much for dying for us and that she can’t wait to see Him in Heaven. Again, I agreed.

As we prepare for Easter in a couple of weeks, I connected with the story of John the Baptist Preparing the Way for Jesus.  Luke 3: 4-6

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”[

The metaphorical language used in these verses signifies the spiritual preparation required for Jesus’s arrival. It speaks of making the paths straight, filling in valleys, lowering mountains and hills, and making crooked roads straight and rough ways smooth. These descriptions symbolize removing obstacles that hinder people from experiencing God’s salvation.

John had a job to prepare and present Jesus to others.  In the next couple of weeks, we will have a chance to present the opportunity to know Jesus through a possible invitation to Easter.  Many obstacles will be put in the way to hinder these invites.  Many obstacles get in the way of our preparation. John was courageous and called to share the news of Jesus and how we need to repent.  He was a prophet who lived a life that was not based on the authority of the world but on God.  Some people may never have been open to hearing the Word until now.  Will you let them know?  Easter service is a wonderful time to share the salvation we have through Him.