This is Johnâ€™s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, â€œWho are you?â€ John confessed (he didnâ€™t deny but confessed), â€œIâ€™m not the Christ.â€
John 1:6-8, 19-28 – The Third Sunday of Advent â€“ for Sunday, December 14, 2014
â€œThis is Johnâ€™s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, â€˜Who are you?â€™â€ (John 1:19)
When the â€œWho are you?â€ Gospel question is proclaimed from pulpits on Adventâ€™s third Sunday, a few pew dwellers might quietly complain, â€œHow come grouchy John is still hanging around when weâ€™re this close to Christmas?â€
Isnâ€™t Advent preparing us for the birth of Maryâ€™s child? And yet hereâ€™s a bit from John the Baptist, thirty odd years after Jesus was born, prattling on about who he was not.Are you the Christ? Nope. Are you Elijah? Nope. Are you the prophet? Nope.
Â So negative!
Who was John? Well (to extend the negativity), he also wasnâ€™t much of a conversationalist.
However, in todayâ€™s preparation for Christmas, the writer of Johnâ€™s Gospelâ€”no relation to John the Baptizer, aka John the Nope-sterâ€”did offer a powerful Advent question . . . Continue reading →