Third Isaiah has the prophet announcing the good news that God intends to transform their predictable drudgery, their oppressive circumstances, and return the promise to the people of the Promised Land. A complete reversal of fortunes is prophesied as God comes to bring justice and righteousness, the twin pillars of the kingdom.
In John's gospel, we encounter John the Baptist again. This passage near the end of chapter 1 has agents from Jerusalem coming to find out who this wacky fellow is. What ensues is like a segment from the old TV show, To Tell the Truth. The agents ask questions while John plays coy or gives cryptic answers. I'm not whatever you think. By the way, there is a big surprise coming, he advises. They don't like surprises.
Are you ready for God's sacred surprise? Check out the sermon video below, and you'll locate the downloads of the Fairfielder answers and the sermon text below the video panel.