Mt 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (KJV) One application of this passage is that John the Baptist was sent to remove obstructions, and to prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah. His message was that of "repentance." Therefore, a big part of his ministry would be to remove any obstructions to repentance and to make the path straight for the Lord. I was hoping you all could help me determine what some of those obstructions might be. Self-will, unbelief, love of pleasure, and self-righteousness come to mind. I'm sure there are more.