Matthew 3 starts out like this:
It was at this time that John the Baptizer began to preach in the desert of Judah. His message was this: “The realm of heaven’s kingdom is about to appear—so you’d better keep turning away from evil and turn back to God! Isaiah was referring to John when he prophesied: A thunderous voice! One will be crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare yourself for the Lord’s coming
and level a straight path inside your hearts for him.” Now, John wore clothing made from camel’s hair, tied at his waist with a leather strap, and his food consisted of dried locusts and wild honey.
OK. Pretty wild outfit that John was wearing and….the dude ate dried locusts and honey. To that I say….eewwwww.
But…A few notes that are of note here.
John mentions the word heaven here. The word heaven is found 238 times in the New Testament. The word hell? 23 times.
John was preaching in Aramaic, the language of the day. The word for “repent” in both Hebrew and Aramaic means “to return to God (and leave your sins behind.)”. This is much more than simply changing your mind; it is a powerful term for turning your life around and coming back to the holy God.
So. Folks that were hearing John The Baptizer (another translation says John the Immerser) speak on Jesus. He was not pulling any punches here. He was calling people out and telling them to repent. Turn from their ways and return to the ways of God. I think the guy was trying to start a revival….
Then as this passage continues it refers to Isaiah’s prophecy which is actually quoted in all for Gospels. He used a metaphor of clearing a path in your heart as a parable for cleansing our hearts and being prepared in our hearts to receive Christ.
This was literally a call to prepare for the physical Christ in this day. Jesus was coming. John was paving the way for Jesus.
So. If we look at this prophecy closely, there’s much to be gained from it. The main thing would be to seriously look at our hearts. Intentionally pave the way for Christ in your heart. Clear out the old and let Jesus bring the new.
I know, easier said than done. But, convicting none the less.
How are you preparing the way for Christ in your heart?