Last Sunday’s readings were all about hitting bottom and asking God for help. This Sunday’s readings show us that God’s help is on the way.
We get the message that signals the start of everything, plus how to spot God’s messenger. Who turns out to be the most unusual character in the Gospels. Someone who’s pretty rough, even by first century standards.
But it’s also clear that this is God’s messenger, and people are listening.
The message for them – and for us – is one that can be hard to hear. It’s the message of Advent. That we need to acknowledge our sins and to repent.
It’s a message that demands a response, and people are responding.
As important as the message and our response are, it’s also clear that God isn’t done. That it’s just the beginning.