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Make Ready

December 27, 2018

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Make Ready

John the Baptist had a job.    In Isaiah 40:3,  Isaiah foretold about John the Baptist,  and then, that prophecy is remembered  in Matthew 3:3,  where it says,

The voice  of one crying  in the wilderness,   
Make ready  the way  of the LORD,   
Make  His paths  straight!

This is saying  that John the Baptist  had the job  of getting the hearts  of the people ready,  so that  they would accept Jesus  as their Savior.    John was to be that  “voice”  preaching  to the people.     His voice was supposed to,  make ready the way of the LORD,  make His paths straight!”

Just as in any age,  many of the people  of that time were self-righteous.     They were trying their utmost  to work their way  into heaven — at least  they were doing deeds  in public  to make others think  they were righteous.     But, God knows all our secret thoughts and ways.     We are all sinners,  no matter how righteous we try to act  in front of others.

So,  God wanted His way of salvation  to be preached — not the old works  of the law  that the Jews were trying to follow.     John had the instructions to,  “Make His paths straight!”   i.e.  make the paths to God  straight,  so the people could rightly come  to salvation.     John could not preach his opinion  on any subject,  but had to speak the truths of God,  just as they were given  to him.

Because John’s message was  to get the hearts  of the people ready  to accept Jesus  as their Savior,  just what was it that John preached?     What was it  that got their hearts ready  for Jesus?     What is it  that will get our hearts ready  to accept Jesus  as our Savior?     We are told  in Matthew 3:2,  that John told the people,

Repent,  for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Repentance gets our hearts ready  for the Lord  to live within us.     Our repentance gives God  a straight path right into our hearts  and lives.     That’s amazing.     Repentance is getting rid  of our pride  and self-deception.     Normally,  people only like  to think good thoughts  about themselves  to make themselves feel better.     But,  when we stop fooling ourselves  about our sinful condition,  we are opening the door  for God  to cleanse us  from all of our sins.

And, when our sins are washed away,  we can honestly  feel good  about ourselves.     Then we can be assured  that we are God’s dearly beloved children,  because He is always true  to His word.

To  “hear”  more  of God’s word to us  about the straight path  to our salvation,  we need  to open up God’s word  and let God preach to us  every day.     Every word  in the Bible  explains how we are saved  by faith  in Jesus Christ,  by the grace of God  as we turn to Him  in repentance.

As we get our hearts ready  for the Lord  to live within us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for faithfully seeking us out,  and preparing our hearts  with repentance  through the truths  in Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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