In the revelation of God, we are all equal. At the foot of the cross the ground is level. We all need Jesus. All people are like grass and our faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. Although we fade, fall, and wither, God and his word stand and endure forever!
3 A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.”
John the Baptist identified himself with these words of Isaiah. He said he was making straight the way of the Lord as he proclaimed repentance in the time of Jesus.
In that time, every valley raised, every mountain made low, rough ground becoming level and the rugged places would become a plain. In the revelation of God, we are all equal. At the foot of the cross the ground is level. We all need Jesus.
All people are like grass and our faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. We feel like some of us are higher or better or more holy or more gifted and yet, the distance between us and God and his ways makes us all look as the simple grass and flowers… The grass withers and the flowers fall.
We are all equal before the Lord. We have all fallen short of his glory (Romans 3:23) and we cannot bear fruit without his help (John 15:5).
God stands. God never fails. His word endures. Forever.
We proclaim that you are faithful, God. You are worthy of all praise. You are consistent and true and holy. And we are thankful to know you and be known by you in our lives.