and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah.”
– Luke 3:15
When John the Baptist appeared on the scene, there was great excitement and expectation. The people were curious to know if John was the long-awaited Messiah. It had been four hundred years since Israel had last seen a prophet. It was a common belief that the prophets would return after the Messiah came. If John was a prophet, then surely the Messiah had arrived. If John wasn’t a prophet, then could he actually be the Messiah? The expectations of the Israelites were off the chart, but their confidence was a little shaky. John answered their questions by telling them that “someone is coming who is greater than I.” I can only imagine that John also told them to focus on manageable objectives—pray, listen to the promptings from God and continue to believe in His promises. The Messiah may not be here yet, but He is coming!
Heavenly Father, keep my expectations in check. Help me to control what I can control and leave the rest to You. Amen.