“Prepare the Way for the Lord”.

The King is coming.  Isaiah the prophet told Israel 2,700 years ago, “Here is your God!  See the Sovereign Lord comes with power . .” (Isaiah 40.9f).

Isaiah prophesied that there would be, “a voice of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God” (40.3).

That voice was John the Baptist, who preached a message of repentance in the desert of Judaea, telling people that one mightier than him was coming, who “will baptise  you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Matt 3.1-12).  He pointed to Jesus as the coming “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1.29).

Jesus was not accepted by Israel as their king, but by his death, resurrection and ascension to heaven made available salvation from sin for all mankind, including Israel.  He is now seated at the Father’s right hand, bearing all authority in heaven and earth.  “He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets” (Acts 3.21).

When that time comes, Jesus will return as King of Kings.  We do not know when that time will be, but he WILL return.

So once again, we his followers are called to “prepare the way” for his coming.  Let’s tell everyone we can about him.  As Isaiah says (40.9): “lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the towns of Judah (and to everyone else too), Here is your God”.

He’s going to bring his reward with him (40.10).

Why not study Isaiah 40 for yourself?  It’s incredibly rich in meaning.  You’ll find my detailed notes on the chapter as a download at the end of the Prophecy Toolkit page.  At the start of the notes there’s a summary that gives you an overview of the chapter and how the prophecy has been and is still to be fulfilled.

JIM SHAW

(Member of Derby City Church)