I love John the Baptist. The few stories we have about him are really exciting. The way he calls for repentance among all people and challenges the power of the king is breath-taking. I can understand why the people would have started speculating that he might be the Messiah. I probably would have been right there with them. But John instructs them that the one to come is so much greater. Even when our high expectations are being met, God has even more for us.And then Jesus does arrive on the scene. In theology studying the nature of Jesus is called Christology. And this passage is fundamental to Christology. I have a friend who suggests instead of starting with complex theological concepts about the nature of the triune God, we would be better served to look directly at what Scripture to teaches us. And here we find out that Jesus is the Son and that the relationship between the Holy Spirit and Jesus is defined by love. John was wonderful and important, but Jesus is the Messiah, so much more than could even be hoped for, who gives us so much more than we could hope for.