Clear the Way
Originally scheduled for October 25
It is a
common fact of communion meditations that we are exhorted to
continue “until He comes again.” It is a phrase which is always
there in the scriptural passages concerning communion, but seldom
mentioned. This gives rise to an unusual bit of behavior, which if
you will pardon me I will refer to as the “gumdrop method.” If you
ask a Christian what he’s supposed to do about the fact that the
Lord is coming again you will get an answer that more or less runs
along the lines of the gumdrop. The gumdrop is plopped down wherever
it may go, and it stays there. Blorp! We conclude from the communion
meditation that there’s really nothing for us to do. This is a
conclusion which is brought about by examining a lack of evidence
and concluding that that’s the evidence. It happens, however, that
we have suitable instructions on the point:
Isaiah 40:3-5 NASB A
voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
(4) "Let every
valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And
let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad
Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh
will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
other, we are expected to clear the way. What could that mean? At
the very least it means that we are to clear away the hurdles and
barriers that the average man has to overcome before he could come
to Christ. That might mean such things as a good knowledge of
apologetics, or participation in our political process which as of
late has tended to drive Christianity out of the public mind. It
might even mean that we are to preach the gospel to those who have
not heard it, the unsaved of our own community.
It’s not just
a push and shove operation. We are to make the way “smooth”; we are
to make it easy for our friends and neighbors to receive Christ.
That might mean removing some of the barriers between us and our
next-door neighbor. But in all of this we need to remember that we
are in the wilderness. If we think this is going to be easy, we are
mistaken. The desert is a tough place to live; the wilderness
doesn’t offer much support. We need to be prepared in our minds to
do what needs to be done.
Then, if you
will notice, the Scripture takes a different turn of verb. The first
verse is plainly a command; the second verse instructs us to “let”
things be done. That’s not us; that’s Him at work. We work on the
highway; he gets the rest of the desert. Only when he has finished
his work of preparation will he return. Note that this is his
timing, not that of self-proclaimed prophets.
And what is
the result we shall see? We shall see the glory of the Lord
revealed. We often picture that is Christ returning, but that
understates the case completely. The glory of God is already an
accomplished fact; we just don’t see it visibly. On that day it will
become visible to one and all, the living and the dead. The world
shall see what we have known. I just hope we’re not too embarrassed
when someone asks whether or not we knew about this before hand.
It’s going to be rather embarrassing to admit that you knew the
glory of God and did nothing about it.
So, as you
meditate upon the Lord’s supper today, you might ask yourself some
Have you worked in this world to clear the way for the Lord?
Have you made it smooth? Is it easy to see Christ in your life?
Christ has done for you; ponder what you should do for Him.