John the Baptist pointed to the future; he spoke of one stronger than himself, who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. This stronger, Spirit-giving one is Jesus.
As John said, Jesus came. We believe John’s promise has been fulfilled. And yet, we are still waiting. There is something more yet to come. As we sometimes say at the Communion Table, “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” He will come again, says the thirteenth chapter of Mark, “with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather in the elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”
This coming is also anticipated in the letter to the Ephesians which says that in the fullness of time, all things will be gathered up in him.
We look forward to that coming time when all things are made new in the mercy of God.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come, and make all creation new in the mercy of the Father’s love. Come, and bring to completion the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!