Texts: Isaiah 40:1-6; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 1:46-55
Reading: Isaiah 40:1-4
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4Every 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.”
Wilderness, desert, valley, mountain, uneven ground, a plain. These are the features that inhabit the words of Isaiah to the Jewish exiles in Babylon. And running through it all, a road, a highway straight and level.
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
For this way to become a way, valleys needed to be lifted up, mountains and hills brought low. Obstacles would be removed, uneven spots leveled out.
The last time I was on a road in the wilderness was two weeks ago, although it was more...