Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” – “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” Mark 1:1-3
We live in crazy times. We all have some sort of stress in our lives, and if you say you don’t, check the news! Things and people we once believed we could place confidence in, we can’t anymore. John the Baptist had an answer for the nation of Israel letting them know that a Savior was on the way to provide hope. Isaiah prophesied that a “messenger” would be sent ahead of the coming Messiah to let people know He was on the way. That provided a lift for the nation of Israel, something that gave them hope in the future. The same Savior is your hope today. We’re just like the people of Israel who had family issues, financial issues, concerns over the future. They were looking for someone—anyone—that could give them hope. John the Baptist paved the path for a Savior that two thousand years later is wanting to provide you with the same hope that He gave the people in the first century. Things of this world will fade but hope that will never fade can be found for you in “Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins and coming to the world to bring me hope. Father, today I’m casting all my anxiety aside and placing my hope in You and You alone. Thank You Lord that despite the obstacles I face, I have hope for the future that I find in You.
Contributed by Johnny & Traci Collins