The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert." -Isaiah 40:3 NKJV
I love the similarities between the stories of John the Baptist and Jesus. Both came with angelic announcements of their births. Both ministered almost exclusively to poor and disenfranchised Jews. Each received sinners rejected by the religious establishment. Both opposed and were rejected by religious leaders. Each died unjust deaths. Yet John understood that Jesus was greater. John baptized with water. Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit. John pointed to Jesus. We point to him too. With John we say that Christ must increase and we must decrease.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing Advent series.