Luke 3:1-6 NLT
It was now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, the Roman emperor. Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea; Herod Antipas was ruler over Galilee; his brother Philip was ruler over Iturea and Traconitis; Lysanias was ruler over Abilene. Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time a message from God came to John son of Zechariah, who was living in the wilderness.
Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. Isaiah had spoken of John when he said,
“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming! Clear the road for him! The valleys will be filled, and the mountains and hills made level. The curves will be straightened, and the rough places made smooth. And then all people will see the salvation sent from God.’”
Reflection . . .
Here we have the prophecy from Isaiah 40:3-5 being fulfilled in the New Testament. John the Baptist was the one who came to prepare the way for the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. John came to announce that Jesus would be the one to make the way for people to see salvation from God. What exciting news. Take a few moments to listen to this song below. It’s a wonderful adaptation of the Advent Hymn.