The people were looking for a Messiah. There was expectation, an anticipation of a saviour who would lead the way to freedom. Many of them hoped for a leader that save them from their oppressors, and here was John baptising the faithful with water in order that they might be renewed. Could he be their Messiah? How often do we see what is in front of us and project what we would like it to be instead of listening to what the Spirit tell us, or in this case John himself? “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Vs. 16) John is so clear and so confident in his proclamation, that the Messiah is still to come, and yet there must have been some who doubted or refused to hear. It is easy to go with what could be an obvious choice, especially when we are in a hurry or under pressure, but it is a wise person who takes time to listen and to understand the will of God.