What that means is that each of us—every one of us—can be that one “anointed to proclaim.” Every one of us is called to testify to the light. To proclaim the brightness that is breaking into the world. We can testify to the light by describing the vision that we see: a vision of justice, peace, love, and reconciliation.
If people today encounter Christ it is because we here will have prepared the way. We will have been the voice crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.”
What this means is that whatever the “stumps” are in our lives, those places where we’re feeling cut off, not only can God bring forth something new, but something transformative as well.
When Second Isaiah writes, “all flesh shall see it together,” it is a recognition that the appearance of the Lord is not for us individually, nor is it for us alone as humanity, but all living things.