John the Baptist said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Holy One.’” John 1.23
John the Baptist speaks in continuity with the prophets in Israel’s history. In fact, Christian tradition hears in his preaching an echo of the voice of Second Isaiah who called captive Israel home from exile.
The Baptist insists he is neither Elijah nor Moses but a voice crying out in the desert, “make straight the way of the Holy One.” Like Second Isaiah he testifies that God will come to revive and forgive us.
Whose voices today help renew and revive the Christian Church?
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