Advent Reading for December 3, 2021
by Dr. Ken Visser

The LORD sent prophets to announce His coming…Last one before He came eating locust and honey…His name John the Baptist, his message stunning…John the Baptist announced with the coming of Christ…

Luke 3:5
“Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth.”

According to Luke, reflecting on the words of Isaiah, John the Baptist is heralding the good news. John the Baptist was different and didn’t fit in. He lived in the desert, wore funny clothes and survived on grasshoppers and wild honey and was just plain different. Jesus didn’t have a polished advance man with a thousand-dollar suit and a two-hundred-dollar haircut. God often uses unique people to impact us. The fact that God’s messengers are not always the ones at the podium may be important for us to remember. God’s messengers, possibly more than not, are different. Are we so caught up in the values of the world that we are more quick to pay attention to the well-dressed person living in the big house with the new car than we are to listen to the man that has nothing? Are we, like the Pharisees, too focused on the earthly things instead of the Godly things?
In my own experiences, my anxieties in life have almost always come from not being focused on Christ. Then my road always gets very bumpy and I cannot see the direction I’m supposed to be going. This not only affects my spiritual health, losing focus has also contributed to health problems and increased my life stress. John is reminding all of us that when we have our eyes fixed on Christ we cannot stumble. It is clear to see what is right and what is wrong. The road becomes straight when the obstacles of unbelief are taken away. For me, there is such a stark difference for my life when I focus on him.

Prayer: Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth. Amen.