Devotion for Saturday in the First Week in Advent

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.'”
Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. ~ Matthew 3:1-6

John the Baptist prepared the way of Jesus by calling people to repentance and baptizing them. No one knows when Jesus will come again. He told us not even He knows—only the Father knows the day and time Jesus will appear in glory. Even though we don’t know when it will happen, we can know for sure that Jesus is coming. Each of us needs to prepare the way for Him in our own hearts and tell others about Him. We can be John the Baptist for the Second Coming.

Lord God, I want to prepare the way for Jesus to come again in my own heart and in the world around me. Show me who around me needs to know Jesus and give me the wisdom and the courage to tell them. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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