Spirit Life Walk

A Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness

March 27, 2022 Sarah Bachtold Season 2 Episode 11
Spirit Life Walk
A Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness
Show Notes

In the book of the prophet Isaiah, chapter 40:3-8, we read: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Of course, if you heard it then, you might not know what Isaiah was talking about. Prophets often proclaim what God tells them and that generation may never see it come to pass in their lifetime. We, however, have the amazing capability to travel to the past and examine this word and see its fulfillment in Matthews account of John the Baptist. Matthew 3:1-3 we read: "Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’” What was John's job to proclaim? Who was he announcing? Why the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of Israel, who had been prophesied of for generations! In verse 11 he says, “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He (Jesus) who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”And then John baptized Jesus, "After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” And then yet another wilderness was entered into by Christ, one of testing in which satan would tempt him and Jesus would defeat him over and over again with the Word. There is the wilderness of testing that Jesus purposed to enter, fasted and walked through for 40 days. There is the wilderness that the Israelites passed through after separating from Egypts (the world's) system and learning to submit to God's ways--and those who disobeyed God and failed Him stayed walking around that desert for 40 years. Before we can go on to greater things in the Lord and more manifestations of His glory and power working through us, He's looking for our decision to submit to His leadership and to His Word and His Spirit. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing. But sometimes we forget that we need Him, that He's with us, and that He's victorious when faced with the wilderness tests. Don't give up! God has wonderful rewards for those who persevere and endure for the sake of Christ! 

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