Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1-8, and Isaiah 40

This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.[a] It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written:
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    and he will prepare your way.[b]
He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
    Clear the road for him

Prepare ye. Prepare ye. Before we proceed to the manger, let’s back up and cover a little more of the story of the preparation of the coming of the Messiah. The Jewish people were searching for a Messiah, a deliverer to save the kingdom; save them from a roman empire that was in charge; searching God’s written word from 500 years before to answer their prayers. The written word was from the mouth of Isaiah, words prophesied while in exile to the Babylonians. Could his words be the answer? All four gospels and their writers believed this was so. As you read today’s scripture, turn back to Isaiah 40 and take his words in. The messenger had come, John the Baptist; he fit well into the categories and boxes. But this Jesus, he did not fit anyone’s boxes. But that ‘s the great part of the story, right? Today prepare your hearts with a great rendition of Silent Night/ Heavenly Peace by “We the Kingdom”, a force in my life through covid season and several difficult times over the last two years. I was able to see them in person this past summer; they did not disappoint.

Nativity Fast

We are right in the middle of this crazy season we call Christmas. Don’t beat yourself up if you cheat a few times. After a holiday cookie contest at work, and dinner with visiting friends during the holidays, I have cheated here and there. The important part is that we are preparing our hearts for the coming of our savior and staying healthy in the process. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the the wilderness. He did succeed in his fast, even tempted by Satan, but hey, He was God incarnate. Our journey is only 28 days, let’s do our best and start each day fresh and new.