In Luke chapter 1 we are preparing the way for the offspring to be born. The writer Luke has been gathering evidence about what he has seen and heard. He knows his scriptures and he begins to share the story of the one we have been waiting for, the one who breaks that silence.
But before we get to the offspring, we are told another baby is to be born. A baby who will prepare the way. This baby when he is grown up will herald good news and will point to the one who is Good News for all of us.
An Angel appears to Zechariah and declares:
“I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news”. Luke 1:19 ESV
This promised child, one who was promised in Malachi will:
” turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” Luke 1:14-17 ESV
John the Baptist prepares the way for the Lord, he prepares the people of Israel and speaks the good news to them, he speaks to them about Jesus and turns their hearts away from evil to make them ready for the Lord. John the Baptist is a preacher and evangelist, speaking of Christ and getting people to look at Christ.
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. “John 1:6-8 ESV
Christmas is about preparing the way to the Lord by preaching the good news of Jesus Christ.
*Painting by Hieronymus Bosch