A messenger was coming to prepare the way before the Lord. Preparation was sorely needed. People’s lives had seen a disconnect from the faith they professed and the ways they lived. A lack of sincerity in worship and life would require renewal—a refining and cleansing. Jesus, the messenger of God’s new covenant comes to bring that very thing, restoring, renewing, and healing for His people. In what ways do you come needing God’s preparation and renewal? As Jesus restores you through His means of grace, how will you live in justice and mercy as you honor Him with your life?