The one who is coming?

In last Sunday’s gospel reading, John the Baptist pretty clearly pointed to Jesus as the Messiah.  This week (and about eight chapters of Matthew later), he doesn’t seem so sure, asking “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”  So, what happened in the meantime?  And what are we to make of Jesus’ answer?  And what does all of this have to do with getting ready for Christmas?  You can find the whole exchange here.  We’ll talk about it on Sunday.