A voice of one calling in the desert,However, looking directly at Isaiah 40:3, we find this:
'Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.'
A voice of one calling:Matthew was, in essence, telling his readers that John was the forerunner of not merely the "Son" of God, but of God himself, of YHWH on Earth.
"In the desert prepare
the way for YHWH;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God.