In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
Many church denominations celebrate what is called the Lenten season. It is the forty days prior to the Passion week. It is a call for followers of Christ to prepare themselves for Easter. During this time followers are called to give up something for the sake of Christ.
All throughout Jesus' ministry he told those who followed him that they should be prepared. They should be found to be faithful servants when the Jesus comes into his kingdom. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells three parables that give light to how we are to be prepared.
Preparation is not just for the season leading up to Easter. As faithful followers of Jesus we need to be prepared at all times. We need to be waiting patiently for the return of Christ by being about the work of our Lord and Savior.
Are you ready? John prayed "Maranatha" at the end of the book of Revelation. It means, "Come quickly, Lord". I remember telling the congregation that this should be our prayer too. And one little old lady said, "Just not today!"
Prayer Thought: Dear Heavenly Father, I praise you for the marvelous gift of grace that came from the death and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ. I want to be prepared at all times. Remind me that I need to be vigilant in following your way. In Jesus' name, Amen.