The Forerunner

Sometimes we forget that there were two miraculous births. Though John the Baptist was not born of a virgin, his birth was miraculous in that it was a fulfillment of prophecy. John was sent by God to prepare the way of the LORD.

John is called a “voice.” And what a voice he was. Multitudes came to hear him. Kings stood in his audience. He was fearless and faithful. His boldness cost him his head. But not until his work was finished.

It is important to notice that John came preparing the way of the LORD. Notice that all the letters in “LORD” are capitalized, showing that John came to prepare the way of Jehovah. Isaiah had no doubts about the deity of the coming Saviour. The Creator was coming to redeem His fallen creation. God would come to earth in flesh and die for sinners. The prophet would later write of Him: “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).

The courageous “voice in the wilderness” gave his all in preparing hearts for the coming Saviour. Jesus gave His all on the cross for us.

How can we do less than give Him our best? Our lives reach their highest potential when they become “voices” for the LORD.