“The Son of Man was revealed….” In my prayer on the scriptures appointed for today, this snippet from the 1st letter of John is what jumped off the page at me. “The Son of Man was revealed.” It almost has a game show quality to it doesn’t it? It’s as if we’re watching “The Price is Right” and Bob Barker has just asked Rod Roddy to reveal to us what is behind door number one. What are we going to see? What is going to be revealed? In the gospel lessons yesterday and today, John the Baptist is the equivalent to our Rod Roddy. John is revealing the Messiah, the long hoped for deliverer of Israel, the one spoken about by the prophets. John says “Here is the Lamb of God!”
This lesson comes from the writings of the Prophet Isaiah, and Jesus was very familiar with this passage. We know this because one day Jesus went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He was handed a scroll of the scriptures – it was actually this Isaiah passage which we’ve just heard. He read aloud the passage and then, in his own words, he said a most startling thing.