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December 5, 2017

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

 Mark 1:1-4

Could anyone relate to John? He was prophesied about in the Old Testament. He was the only one privileged to go directly before Jesus and prepare people’s hearts. No one else had that. When no one can relate to you, it’s hard to fit in because no one can understand what you’re going through. I wonder if John struggled with that at times.

Maybe you do too. No one has walked in your shoes. No one has experienced everything you have. Who could possibly relate to you? Who could understand? It is in moments like these that the devil likes to pounce. He whispers to us, “You’re right. No one can relate or understand.” And he tries to seperate us from fellow Christians whispering to us that we don’t fit in.

No matter what you’ve seen, done, or experienced, we all have something in common: the need of the Savior who loves us, forgives us, and fixes our broken hearts. This Christmas season, stay close to your Christian friends that they can encourage you in your Savior’s love.