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Advent Three

“Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me.” Among you stands the very one you are waiting for. (RCL John 1:6-8,19-28) We are being challenged and encouraged to see that who and what we desire and need is already in our midst.

Into the great theme of advent, of the waiting for our God, waiting for Messiah, comes this intriguing and challenging statement that the one we wait for is already in our midst. At this precise moment in John’s testimony all who are waiting for the Messiah are told that the one they wait for is in their midst already. We can almost imagine the excitement in the gathered people who with all of Israel longed for Messiah and now there is the suggestion that someone in this crowd at this moment is he – who, where, how?