Return from Our Own Exile
The Gospels tie the ministry of John the Baptist to Isaiah 40, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness..." This is the second great movement of the people of Israel back into Israel. The first was the exodus from Egypt where they went to escape famine and were later enslaved. The second, and the one spoken of in Isaiah 40 is the return from the Babylonian Exile, a time of captivity that is a direct result of their own sin and failure. Jesus comes to us not just in trouble that we are in by accident, but in our problems that are of our own making.