crying in the wildernessMark 1:As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.  The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.  And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

This was the most important message the world has ever heard.  God was heralding that what he promised was coming to pass.  You would think that since it was a promise that he made only to Israel, that it would be logical that such a message would be announced through the priests and the scribes of that day.  It would be appropriate that the first place such a message would be heard would be in the synagogues and the temple.  But that was not the case.  The people did not hear the good news proclaimed in the temple and in the synagogues.  It was a message that originated in the wilderness.  It was a voice of distinction demanded that those who heard it come out from their familiar settings.  This is the same way today:
Mal. 3:6 I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
The LORD  does not change.  His method is no different today than it was in the days of John the Baptist.  The voice proclaiming the good news of God’s kingdom will not come from within the walls of our religions today.  It is a message that comes from without, not within.  Just as the nation of Israel had to come out of Egypt, and those who heard the message of John the Baptist had to come out of the synagogues and the temple in order to hear it, so too must we be willing to step out of our traditional places of comfort in order to receive the good news of God’s kingdom.
1 Cor. 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
Remember, God did not choose Israel because they were the greatest nation; in fact, God noted that they were the least of all nations.  God has not used the greatest or most popular voice; indeed, it is that voice that is crying in the wilderness that he uses.  We must attune our ears to hear that voice of distinction.