Pastor Tim Romero
Malachi 3:1 (ESV): "3 "Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts."
In ancient times a messenger was sent ahead of a royal procession to announce the King's coming so that the people were ready to receive him. The messenger would indicate the route so that all obstacles could be taken out of the way and the King could come unhindered. His sole job was to prepare the way of the King!
The Lord speaks to Malachi prophetically about John the Baptist. There would be a period of four hundred years of silence at the close of Malachi's ministry and then John the Baptist would arrive and prepare the way of King Jesus. The arrival of Jesus was also a sign in that He was to suddenly appear in the Temple. According to the law, all firstborn males were to be taken to the Temple and dedicated to the Lord. When Mary presented Jesus a devout Jew named Simeon was there. The Holy Spirit was upon him and when he saw Jesus he began praising God for he knew Jesus was the Messiah (Luke 2:34).
Like John the Baptist we too are preparing the way of the Lord for His Second Coming. We have been sent ahead to announce His soon arrival and when He comes it will be not on a donkey but a warhorse. Don't remain silent Christian, do your job! Let the world know Jesus is coming again that people may profess and believe before it's too late. Today is the day of salvation. May we prepare the way well for our coming King, amen?
Father, we thank You for preparing the way for Your Son. You've given us indications of His Second Coming and that time is drawing near. May we not fail in preparing the way. Stir our hearts to be about Your business Father! Give us opportunities to share the announcement for this is our purpose we pray in Jesus' name, amen!