Luke 3 is not a typical “Advent” passage, but it speaks to expectation and preparation for Jesus. In verse 15 Luke tells us, “15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah…” What this tells us is that the people were expecting for the Messiah to come. They were on the lookout for the Messiah. They thought the Messiah was John, not Jesus. Before our passage we see the triumph of Jesus’ birth and the blessing that will come from His birth. Everyone likes to receive the blessings of God, but what we often fail to do in the waiting is to prepare our hearts. John prepares the people with his shocking words of a call to repentance. John does not hold back in his confrontation. His harsh words shock the people to repentance. He is bringing to the fore the lack of integrity of the people. If they are truly a repentant people before God, then they need to start acting like a repentant people. It’s not enough to say all the right things, but to have our actions reflect the repentant life. By living a life of repentance we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of our savior. We come ready to receive the blessing of Jesus. What do you need to confess to the Lord? How do you need to prepare?