Pilate, Herod, and Caiaphas were the most powerful leaders in Palestine in Jesus’ day. But they were upstaged by a desert prophet named John.
In his day, before a king took a trip, messengers would tell those he planned to visit to prepare the roads for him. John, similarly, told his listeners to make their lives ready so the Lord could come to them.
Today, as then, we must focus on Him, listen to His words, and respond obediently to His direction. Only then can we see clearly, the most precious gift ever given, God’s Son, Jesus!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, let us follow in John’s footsteps and prepare our families, our church, our community and the whole world, to celebrate the blessed birth of Jesus. Give us that spirit and light that it may shine through all adversity. Make us instruments of your love. In Jesus’ name we pray….Amen.
First UMC, Fairless Hills
December 6, 2015