How many times have you been mistaken for Jesus? I can't think of any myself. While this might seem like a silly question I'd like to explore it in light of this week's Gospel:
The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, Heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
There is something that the people are seeing in John that makes them wonder. As we know John the Baptist was very different, especially on the outside. But it was John's message and who he was on the inside that people were drawn to. John preached a hard message. It was one of repentance and change and yet the people were still drawn to...
Let's stop there and acknowledge what John says. "...one mightier than I is coming." "I am not worthy..." "He will baptize you..." John redirects their attention to Jesus. He had obediently delivered God's message and people were stirred to action. John then made sure they understood who the Christ really was.
As baptized believers you and I have the opportunity to deliver God's message as well. We can do so by our actions and our words. Maybe we will even be asked someday if we are Jesus?!? However that should never be our aim. We should always point to "...one mightier than I." In so doing we can expect to one day hear that voice from heaven saying, "You are my beloved son/daughter; with you I am well pleased."