MUSINGS – September 12 2018.


Mark 1:1-11
This is the beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “I am sending my messenger ahead of you to prepare the way for you.” “A voice cries out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!'” John the Baptizer was in the desert telling people about a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went to him. As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. John was dressed in clothes made from camel’s hair. He wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. He announced, “The one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandal straps. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. As Jesus came out of the water, he saw heaven split open and the Spirit coming down to him as a dove. A voice from heaven said, “You are my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with you.”

Mark wrote that “this is the beginning of the Good News about Jesus.” But then he quoted what Isaiah head written about 700 years earlier.
Matthew began his gospel with the ancestry of Jesus starting with Abraham.

Luke started his gospel with John the Baptist story.

John began his gosble “In the beginning.” Not a beginning but the beginning of everything. And Jesus was there.

Each of these men had their own encounter with Jesus and so their version of the Good News was different. Each is equally important, as is your version of the Gospel. What is the Good News that you have to share?

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