by Chaplain Len Gavin
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
The four weeks before Christmas mark the season of Advent, from a Latin word for “coming” or “arrival.” It is preparing for someone who is going to come.
As we prepare to celebrate the arrival of God Himself, who took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, the second candle is burning on the Advent wreath and we listen to our gospel reading from Luke 3: 3-6:
And he [John] went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the Lord:
Make His paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough ways smooth:
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
In St. Luke’s gospel, John the Baptist plays a very important role in preparing for the coming of Jesus as the world’s Savior. John’s mission is connected to a prophecy of Isaiah (Isa. 40:3-4) that God would send a messenger ahead to announce when the Savior was coming. John’s prophetic word is a call to repent and receive forgiveness.
That voice continues to cry in the wilderness. Each Advent that voice is heard anew.
Lord, let us hear that voice crying in the wilderness. Let us prepare the way of our heart with repentance and forgiveness as we ask Jesus to reign in our lives this Advent season.
Marantha – Come Lord Jesus. Amen!