December 18, 2016 A+D
St. John 1:19-28
In the Name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Malachi was the last of the prophets before John. God’s people waited 400 years for the man that Malachi had foretold. Twice God promised that Malachi wasn’t the last, just before the Messiah there would be another. In Malachi chapter 3 God said:
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.”
Then, a second time, in chapter 4, God calls this prophet, whom we know as John, Elijah. He said:
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.”
The angel Gabriel also told Zechariah, John’s father, in the Temple that John would “turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,” and he would “go before him,” that is, go before God,