Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:1-5
Isaiah sees the time when Jerusalem has fallen and Judah is taken into exile. He sees beyond that when God’s judgment against Judah is complete, when He is again tender toward His people. Then, Isaiah prophecies about the coming of God’s Messiah. The glory of the Lord will be revealed and all mankind together will see it. Jesus came the first time as a babe in the manger to save the world, with John the Baptist the voice calling to prepare the way. He will return a second time as King. Prepare your way, prepare your heart, He is coming soon.