This past Sunday in worship we turned out attention to those familiar words from the prophet Isaiah, speaking of the day of God’s arrival:
A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
This image of “the way of the Lord” is an important one in Scripture. Of course, in the gospels, John the Baptizer references this passage to tell of the coming of Jesus. The book of Acts tells us the early church actually called themselves “The Way.” But this image also appears earlier in Isaiah. Chapter 35, too, looks ahead to a time when the people of Israel will be brought home from exile (it’s a little long, but it’s worth it):Read More