The prophets foresaw the arrival of a messenger who would prepare the way for the Messiah.
Isaiah 40:3. The voice of one who calls out, “Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness! Make a level highway in the desert for our God.
Malachi 3:1. Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me. Suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. (NAB translation)
Matthew 3:3. For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make the way of the Lord ready! Make his paths straight!”
Luke 3:4. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.
Luke 7:27. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’
John 1:23. He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
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