Living in Jerusalem
I remember living in Jerusalem. One of the great things about that city is it is a world class city like New York or Hong Kong without the numbers of people. Jerusalem is tiny compared to them but all kinds of world-class leaders visit. All the nations of the world want to see this historical place. I believe that to be God’s anointing. One time when I was living on Mt. Zion, I watched as they prepared for a motorcade that was coming the next day. Streets were cleaned and manhole covers were fixed so they could not be removed.
Preparing for a King
The Bible indicates that in the ancient world they did similar things. When a king was coming, they repaired the roads. This was very common in the region you and I call Israel because it was the most accessible way to travel from Europe to Egypt or North Africa to Syria and the Far East. The ancients called it The King’s Highway. Matthew uses that language to describe Jesus’ arrival for his generation to know Jesus was a king. He goes so far as to say that God sent John the Baptist to be the one who prepared a generation for Jesus. Matthew 3:1-3 (NIV) 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 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.’”
John was sent to help Jesus’ message hit the right mark. In our day it would be like Google analytics helping you get to the audience. In your and my life, we have an opportunity. We can be like John in that we can introduce people to Jesus. When we serve as a greeter or usher at church, we are preparing people to have a visit with Jesus. When you and I take the time to love people, to give donuts, etc., we are making it easier for them to know Jesus.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to see at least one person today that I can help get closer to You. I want to be like a Boy Scout looking for who is in need. I want to use my influence to make it easier for people to see You as the King. Hear ye, hear ye, King Jesus is here. Amen.