Last Sunday’s readings (“the voice of one crying out in the desert”) aren’t the only places in the Bible that talk about what’s going to happen before Christ comes. It turns out there are a lot of prophecies about this. Over time, this led to a lot of ideas about how it would work. And who would be involved.
Which is why John gets questioned about who he is. A lot:
“Are you the Christ?”
“Are you Elijah?”
“Are you the prophet?”
John’s answer to each one? A simple “No.”
But he’s doing so many things that line up with the prophecies. Even with John’s direct answers, they have to ask him who he is. Again.
So John spells it out for them. And his answer stops them in their tracks.
More on this tomorrow.