There is a definite temptation to jump straight past John the Baptist onto Christ. We are Christians after all. The interesting though is that John the Baptist was doing some pretty incredible things – drawing huge crowds, calling for repentance, and washing people clean. In the context of a world that had not yet met Christ, it becomes reasonable that some thought that John the Baptist was, himself, the Messiah, as seen in John 1:6-8, 19-28. Thus, we move from a joy, John the Baptist, to a greater joy, in Christ.