Make Straight the Way for the Lord
Written by: Abby Gannon
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John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
- John 1:23 (NIV)
There was no question in his voice. He was not the Messiah himself. Not the Prophet. Not Elijah. But the one calling out, preparing a way for the coming Messiah.
From the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry, his ultimate goal was to prepare the way for Jesus to come after him. Later in the Gospel of John, Jesus is referred to as the bridegroom and John the Baptist as the “bridegroom’s friend” (John 3:29). John describes the joy that comes to the friend (who I like to lovingly refer to as Jesus’ Best Man) when he sees that the bridegroom is becoming greater. Read that again. He is FULL OF JOY to see that Jesus is becoming greater, gaining disciples, preaching, saving.
John the Baptist knew his job. He knew that his entire ministry was to be one giant flashing arrow pointing straight to Jesus.
From the moment we are introduced to John the Baptist, we clearly see his intentions. To glorify Jesus, His own Messiah, and to point Every. Single. Person. he meets to a relationship with Him.
Humbly. Willingly. Understanding that “He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
John the Baptist humbly took his place beside Jesus as His Best Man, cheering Him on, and deflecting all of the glory off of himself onto His King.
Scripture tells us that as believers who are in a relationship with Jesus, we are the Bride of Christ. But I can’t help but see every follower of Jesus standing with John the Baptist in the wedding party.
You know the cheesy wedding pictures where the bride and groom are in the middle and the whole wedding party is looking and pointing at them? That’s us. That is our role as servants of Christ. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, pointing others to do the same.
Yes, we are the bride, but as followers of Jesus, we are servants. Servants of Christ meant to be even more shining arrows pointing towards the Messiah.
Just like John the Baptist, we can declare, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
And we can celebrate, “I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” (John 1:34 NIV)
Have you truly experienced the Messiah? Do you know Jesus?
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And if you are already in the family, where’s your arrow pointing? Who is getting the glory? Let’s point towards Jesus - the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!
1. Are there areas of your life where you are trying to take some of Jesus’ glory for yourself? Repent and confess to God that He must become greater and you must become less.
2. What are some practical steps you can take today to ensure that your arrow is always pointing towards Jesus?
Father, thank You that You are so good and deserve all the glory! Thank You that as a follower of You, I get to point others to give You glory as well. Lord, forgive me for the times when I forget that or try to take the glory for myself. Help me to learn to be a humble servant, Amen.
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