John came "preaching, not a sect, or party, but a profession; the sign or ceremony was washing with water. By the words here used John preached the necessity of repentance, in order to the remission of sins, and that the baptism of water was an outward sign of that inward cleansing and renewal of heart, which attend, or are the effects of true repentance, as well as a profession of it. Here is the fulfilling of the Scriptures, Isaiah 40:3, in the ministry of John. When way is made for the gospel into the heart, by taking down high thoughts, and bringing them into obedience to Christ, by levelling the soul, and removing all that hinders us in the way of Christ and his grace, then preparation is made to welcome the salvation of God."John was making way for the Lord, just as the angel had said he would do.
I feel compelled to ask how many of us seek out God in our wilderness. And when we find Him, or He finds us, do we then take Him into our every day society the way John did? Do we prepare the way for the Lord as we go about our daily lives?