Words from the Heart for Saturday December 19th, 2020

“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.’”

Luke 3:4b-6 (NIV)

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Prepare the Way

The Canadian federal government website gives some counsel for those who are preparing to immigrate to Canada to work. The website gives this advice: get your credentials assessed to ensure they meet Canadian qualifications. Get help finding a job – find someone to help with a resume, or can mentor, or can assist finding daycare. Improve your English and French. It is very difficult to find a job if a person doesn’t speak one of Canada’s official languages. And finally, get a social insurance number.

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John the Baptist was the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy by Isaiah. Before the coming of the Messiah there would be one who would come to prepare the hearts of the people to receive the message of the Messiah. The Gospel of Luke tells us that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of that prophecy. Luke 3:4b-6 describes it this way: “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.’” John called the people of Israel to repentance. Many heard that message and responded – many Bible commentators believe that some of the early disciples of Jesus had been disciples of John. It is no surprise, then, that when John saw Jesus coming, he proclaimed, “behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John called the world to repentance, and Jesus was the perfect God-man who, by His shed blood provides salvation. Salvation is offered to all who will repent, and trust Jesus as Saviour. Have you?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley