Mark gets right to it in his biography of Jesus: “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God….” The coming of God’s Son into this world is certainly good news—amazing and powerful news for a world suffering the effects of sin and decay at every turn. And the Messiah’s coming certainly takes preparation, so God Himself makes the preparations through sending His messenger, John the Baptist. The story of John’s message is simple: there is One who is coming, great and powerful, and He will baptize with the Holy Spirit; repentance and forgiveness are the order of the day. The One who brings God’s reign to bear has drawn near. What are you doing to prepare the way…in your home…in your neighborhood…in your own life? What does it mean to you that you have been brought under the reign of Jesus, the Chosen One?