There is a famous painting of John the Baptist where John is pointing toward Jesus. In this painting, John’s pointer finger is almost unnaturally long, and was painted that way to signify the artist’s thoughts on the role of John. Yes, he baptized people, and Jesus, but his main role in today’s Gospel is showing us that John is pointing us toward Jesus. As we take time this advent to prepare the way for Jesus - what things can we learn from John? John too was waiting, but spent his time pointing to Jesus.

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12

Song: "Not To Us" written by Chris Tomlin & Jesse Reeves; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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