What he is, what he tells them he is there to do is to make the world ready for the entry of the Lord.
All of us (myself chief among them) want to know that we have made a difference, that our lives matter, that we are valuable and important. Too often we think the path to achieving this notoriety is to stand out and the be one to whom others look. What gives us greatest value and self-worth is using our lives to point to the very One who is life.
A life which is lost in Christ is a life which finds its rest. A life lived showing the way to the One who is the Way is a blessing.
On this final day before we begin the season of Lent, may we prepare ourselves for the disciplines which strengthen our faith and our resolve to acknowledge our role and hope in the world.