Way-Preparer

Advent Blog Tour Post
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The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah:

Look, I am sending my messenger before you.
He will prepare your way,
a voice shouting in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight.”
CEB – Mark 1:1-3

I am not into politics all that much, but I do enjoy watching the “show” of politics at times.  One of my favorite people in politics is the Sergeant at Arms.  This is the person that gets the awesome opportunity to, on national television, proclaim that the President is coming.  You probably remember hearing a man yell at the top of his lungs, “The President of the United States!” just before the President enters into the chamber to give the State of the Union address.  I have always said that if I were in politics, that would be one of my major goals; to yell those words on national TV.

It is a significant proclamation to make.  I mean, this is the President.  We only have one and he deserves a proper announcement.  I am sure that the Sergeant at Arms takes great pride in his role of making that announcement.

We see a similar concept in the Scripture passage listed above.  Jesus is coming.  The Son of God will soon be exploding onto the scene.  However, it seems that, according to Mark, the Good News does not start with Jesus’ appearing in the story.  Rather, the beginning of the Good News begins with this “way preparer” (John the Baptist).

John the Baptist, in a way, served as Jesus’ Sergeant at Arms.  It was his job to make sure that people were prepared for Jesus’ arrival.  Because we all know that Jesus’ arrival is a big deal.  It is such a big deal that we have a 25 day Advent blog tour as we prepare ourselves to celebrate that event (http://adventblogtour.com/).

John the Baptist was a way preparer.  Notice I did not say he was the way preparer.  There have been many others.  In fact, there have been thousands.  No, there have been millions of way preparers throughout the history of time.  Every time someone loves their neighbor.  Every time someone feeds the hungry.  Every time someone clothes the homeless.  Every time we invite the unchurched to church.  Every time we share our journey with Christ.  Every time you offer the love and grace of Christ to others.  Every time you reach out to the lost and offer them salvation through Christ…you are a way preparer for Christ.

Jesus continues to come.  Every single day, people are experiencing Christ because every single day Christ is trying to show up in the lives of the lost.  However, many of the lost are not prepared for His arrival.  So, Christ comes and they never even realize they are in the presence of the Son of God.

And…that is where you come in.  You are a way-preparer.  You are the one who is meant to be shouting in the wilderness (the world) the name of Christ Jesus.  Christ is coming.  And when He comes, he wants to rock the worlds of the lost and hurting.  He wants to heal the sick and the lame.   He wants to mend marriages and restore relationships.  He wants to save everyone.

As followers of Christ, it is our responsibility to share the Good News.  It is our responsibility to serve as way-preparers or Sergeant at Arms for Christ.  Proclaim for the world the good things Christ has done for you.  Show others Christ…and watch what God will do as he transforms the world.

My charge to you is this:  “Prepare the way of the Lord!”

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15 thoughts on “Way-Preparer

  1. I think I’m really going to enjoy the Advent Blog Tour – it’s so fresh! Perhaps the CEB translation would give me a fresh perspective on sharing my faith with others! Will it be available for the Kindle e-reader?

    1. The Common English Bible is already available for Kindle! Visit amazon.com and search for “CEB New Testament” – it will come right up.

  2. Great reflection of being a “way preparer”! I was leading a Bible study a couple of weeks ago and a new person showed up with his children. When we went into our adult Bible study he said that he had read the Bible for years, but it was so confusing to read and that he did not understand the language. I had a CEB New Testament, so I gave it to him. I posted this on my Twitter/FB pages, great readable translation…now I just need another one for myself 🙂

  3. nice post, good to see John the Baptist as important again (somehow we tend to miss him during advent). I would use a CEB in our youth group as a version of the Bible for new Christian students to read. Much more understandable than even the NIV, with a decent translation philosophy (read: better than NLT) = win.

  4. Great reflections on John the Baptist how we can be a way-preparer for Christ in our every day life. Having a CEB would help me be a way-prepare with those who have felt disfranchise from older translations of the Bible. The CEB sounds like it has worked hard to be gender inclusive and also accurate to the original languages.

    I posted the link on both my twitter and facebook.

    grace and peace

  5. Tony great post. Like Katie I had never thought of our role as mirroring that of John the Baptist. I am loving this advent blog tour idea, looking forward to Shane Raynor’s reflection tomorrow. Also I have linked this site at facebook. Blessings.

  6. What a great reflection! I had never thought about our job to be way preparers before… to share through our words and actions that Christ is coming… does this mean we all should run out and get camel hair jackets 😉

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