John the Baptist calls out, “Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight.”
But how do we prepare for the Christ?
Don’t cheat. Don’t harass others. Share what you have. Don’t rely upon the ancestors to cover up your misdeeds.
How can we mark our repentance?
John baptized the people with water.
We publicly proclaim our intention to live as God intends us to live.
While John was baptizing the people, he also baptized Jesus.
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1 NRSV)
Follow Jesus the one in whom God delights.
We repent of our old ways. We call upon the Spirit to guide us in the ways of Jesus. Amen.