Matthew 11:1-9, Expect
By The Rev. Katie Wright
Are you coming? We are expecting you.
John expected the Messiah. He knew deep in his core that one was coming. He had told the people – “I baptize you with water, but one… is coming; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11) And then John is arrested, and hearing what Jesus is doing he wants to verify what he already knows deep in his core. Are you the one, or do we continue to wait? You, Jesus, my relative. That I, John, baptized in the river and even before that I leapt in my mother’s womb when I heard that you were coming. You are the one, right?
I remember when I was pregnant with my children. I knew they were there- growing, getting stronger. The preparations were made. Before my first child was born we painted and wallpapered. My parent’s old rocking chair was reupholstered to match. Clothes were bought, washed, and tucked away to await this child growing in me. The car seat installed in the car. We were expecting and there was no denying it. We were waiting for this long hoped for child.
And yet the first words out of my mouth when Luke arrived were an amazed- “It’s a baby!”. The nurses couldn’t help but laugh. Of course it was a baby. I knew, and yet was still amazed and overjoyed to see this infant. To witness the new life right before me. I knew, I expected, and I was amazed.
How do we show that we are expecting Jesus today? Do we believe and demonstrate that we know that God is present with us? I know that within me my blindness, lameness, diseased, deaf, dead and impoverished areas are healed and restored through the power of Christ. I have seen other’s lives permanently changed for the better by God. We know, we expect it, and we are amazed and overjoyed by the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives today. May it always be so.