Isaiah 40:3 is taped (in the King James Version) to my laptop. It was included in a prophetic word and blessing I received when I graduated from high school.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
John the Baptist was a fulfillment of “the one crying in the wilderness.” Still, we expect forerunners like John to be raise up in the very last days to proclaim the coming of the King.
Isaiah 40 is a marvelous chapter. It starts with a call to comfort Israel, to her them that her guilt has been paid off. Then comes the “voice in the wilderness” section.
What I have long marveled at is what the crier is told to proclaim:
A voice says, “Proclaim!”
And I answer, “What should I proclaim?”
“All humanity is merely grass,
all its kindness like wildflowers:
the grass dries up, the flower fades,
when a wind from ADONAI blows on it.
Surely the people are grass!
The grass dries up, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.”
And how were we in the United States were reminded of life’s fragility this week.
The passage ends “the word of our God will stand forever.” That is the point of the proclamation. It is meant to point us to what lasts forever.
We have a written record of God’s words, which will last forever. However, there’s something greater here.
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing made had being.
In him was life,
and the life was the light of mankind.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not suppressed it.
The Word became a human being and lived with us,
and we saw his Sh’khinah,
the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-5, 14 CJB
As you read John 1, it becomes clear that the Word is Jesus the Messiah.
So what is the forerunner to proclaim? Humanity is weak and fragile, but Messiah (the word of our God) stands forever. He will rule forever.
As the week’s events remind us the battle for men’s hearts and of the fragility of life, let us look toward eternity, when the true King will finally be revealed to all and will rule in power, truth, justice and compassion.
Below is a video of one of my favorite songs by Misty Edwards. After that is a video of an interview of Misty that speaks to our longing for eternity.