Is this going to affect Jesus when he speaks in the Town Hall tomorrow? After all, this John has made it abundantly clear that his (John’s) sole purpose in life is to prepare folk for Jesus.
The Town Hall is going to be full because John, before the imprisonment which silenced him, is on the record as repeatedly saying –
1. Everyone in Jersey must change their minds and seek forgiveness from above;
2. The man who is coming after him (Jesus – in the Town Hall tomorrow) is so strong that John doesn’t have the worth even to touch his shoes;
3. Jesus will immerse people in holy intangible life – with all that this means.
Will this Jesus lay into us tomorrow at the Town Hall? It seems likely because it’s reported (by Mark) that Jesus was with John a few weeks ago. Jesus joined the queue of those who were going public about having changed their minds – those who wanted to be forgiven for all their sins – those who showed that their change was real by being immersed in water by John....
Apparently, so pleased was God the Father with this action of Jesus that the skies kind of opened up and a voice from heaven said, “You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased.”
Jersey folk don’t know what to make of that – why was God pleased about Jesus joining the queue with all these repentant sinners?
Nevertheless he’s speaking at the Town Hall tomorrow. What will he say?
Will Jesus, like John, say something damaging which will cause the authorities to arrest him and drag him before the Royal Court?
Is he going to lay into us?
Who is he, anyway?