“And he will go on before the Lord….to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:17
I can just imagine what Zechariah’s wife, Elizabeth, thought when he returned home from the temple with big news.
“But Elizabeth, honey, an angel told me. We have to try again.”
No immaculate conception for this couple.
They had to have a baby the old fashioned way.
“Zechariah, dear, are you sure you didn’t sniff too much incense?”
This child would have a single purpose — get the people ready. Elizabeth’s baby would grow up to be the opening act, warming up the crowd for the coming of Mary’s baby, the headliner: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
John had a one-sentence sermon to prepare people for the Savior:
“Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
So that’s how we get ready for Christmas.
That’s how we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord.
Repent. Christmas is at hand. People, get your hearts ready.
I’ve still got cookies to bake, cards to send, presents to wrap and floors to mop.
But there’s a voice calling in the midst of all that.
“Prepare the way for the Lord! Make straight paths for him! Fill in the valleys! Level off the mountains! Straighten out the curves! Smooth out the bumps! Savior is coming!”