“John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, Make straight the way for the Lord’.”
After John gave an initial description of who Jesus was in John chapter one, he went on to begin to lay out the sequence of events leading up to the formal beginning of Jesus’ adult ministry.
John did not write anything about Jesus’ birth or younger years, he just dove right into the ministry of Jesus.
Here we read these words about a prophet (John the Baptist) who came in the Spirit of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. Isaiah had spent 60 years telling God’s people to turn from their wicked ways and prepare their hearts for God to do a great work.
John came telling the ancestors of these Jewish people to do the same thing, turn away from sin and turn to God. That is, make the way open for God to come straight into your hearts.
We are called to do the same thing. Open our hearts to hear God’s voice and respond to His love by turning away from a life that is all about me to a life that is all about Him.
Now you know the story behind John 1:23.
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