Advent 2019 – Day 13

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’  I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.”  John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.  I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’  I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

John 1:29-34

The magi knew the King had come because they were watching the skies.  Simeon knew the Messiah had come because the Spirit called him to the temple.  John knew the Lamb of God had come because he had seen the Spirit descend on upon Him.

What do all these have in common?  I mean, besides enviable divinely revealed and clearly defined signs of confirmation?

They were all watching.  They were all looking.  They were all waiting, yes, but waiting with expectation, expectation that God would fulfill His promise.

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