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Synopsis of Lets Build a Highway Together
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: ISA 40:3 Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, “Make a highway for the LORD through the wilderness. Make a straight, smooth road through the desert for our God. 4 Fill the valleys and level the hills. Straighten out the curves and smooth off the rough spots. 5 Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!”
This verse speaks to us that the major purpose of the church at the end is to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. The way we are told to do this is to “build a highway.” So lets examine the way every natural highway is built. The mountains and hills must be brought down; the valleys and low places be brought up; and the crooked made straight. After the path for the road has been cut, leveled and straightened, you then must prepare the roadbed with materials strong enough to bear the weight that will be carried over it. To do this spiritually is how we prepare the way for the Lord. How do we do this spiritually?
First, we must begin with the pursuit of righteousness and justice, which we are told are the two foundations of His kingdom, as we see in Psalms 89:14 Justice and judgement are the habitation of thy throun: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. God’s righteousness and justice provide a level playing field for everybody. The rich and the poor, the plain or the beautiful, the wise and the simple, and every culture and tribe were all equally atoned for by the cross of Jesus. God is no respecter of persons.
Righteousness is doing what is right in the sight of the Lord, not men, not denominations, not religion, and not politics or traditions. For those who pursue knowing the Lord and His ways, we learn quickly that He has given a clear definition of good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness in His Word.
We are told in Romans 1:18 that God placed His standards of righteousness in the hearts of all men. Therefore if we do not know it, then it is because that our hearts have been hardened to Him. These are the basic moorings to provide at least a degree of stability in society until the kingdom comes. Remember…. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?
However, at the end of the age we are warned in many biblical prophecies about the foundations being destroyed. This is happening in our time. As we are told in Isaiah 5:20, an immorality is to start calling “evil is good and good is evil,” and to honor the dishonorable, and dishonor the honorable. This is a depravity that the world is falling deeper into now, and it is the result of people who are “wise in their own eyes” as stated in verse 21.
When Jesus’ disciples asked what the signs of the end of the age were, before He gave answer to their question, He first said, “Take heed that no one deceives you” Proverbs 24:4. Then in Isaiah 5:13 He said, “Therefore My peoples go into exile for their lack of knowledge.” Perhaps the greatest weakness of modern Christianity has been to make converts, but not disciples.
The Great Commission required of to do so defining it as “teaching them to observe all that I commanded.” Matthew 28:20 Studies reveal that less than ten percent of Christians are actually disciples of Christ, learning His ways and then seeking to follow Him in all things, making is hard to distinguish Christians from unbelievers in core beliefs and behavior.
God builds with people, not just things. The highway that is being built to prepare for Him to come is being built with people. Anything that is built will depend on the foundation; the foundation of the Christian life is to be a disciple. Yet, most tragically, studies reveal that only a small percentage of Christians who claim to be born again have a biblical world view, but have a humanistic or secular world view.
A basic correction in the strategy of the church in these times must be to make disciples, not just converts. True church life is not a meeting a couple of times a week, but twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Meetings are only part of church life. Here ye, here ye! Or as Christ would have said, “Verily, Verily.” Or as today’s youth might say, “Hey man, listen up.” As we get closer to the end of this age, church life will return to the biblical model as the first century church did, for all of us that continue in the Lord.
The balance of this message is a teaching as how to become a disciple and how to live in and with a biblical world view.
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