Thursday, December 3, 2020

December 04, 2020— Friday, prior to Advent 2

 Mark 1:1–8—In fulfillment of the words of the prophets Isaiah and Malachi, John the Baptist comes to prepare the people for the coming of the promised One. The coming of Jesus Christ is Good News (Gospel), Mark proclaims boldly at the outset of his Gospel, but we must be prepared for His coming. John the Baptist prepared the world in his day, and continues to do so in our day, by calling people to repentance, urging them to confess their sins, be baptized.

Mark will begin his Gospel with a bold confession. Jesus is the Son of God. For him this is Gospel, good news. In accordance with God’s past promises in the Old Testament. Mark will quote from Malachi and Isaiah to show that John the Baptist is the forerunner of the Messiah. He prepared the way for Jesus by calling the people to repent, confess their sins, and be baptized. In his preaching, John witnessed to Jesus as one greater than he and as the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit.

Mark announces his book as a “gospel.” It is not a history, nor a biography, but good news for people who look for deliverance from win.. What is the Gospel? It is Jesus Christ, Son of God. He is the best thing that ever happened or can happen to the human race. Why? Because he is the “Son of God.” This is not a conclusion which is reached at the end of the story. It is a thesis which will be demonstrated in the course of the entire story.[1]

Almighty and everlasting God whose will it is to restore all things to your beloved Son, whom you anointed priest forever and king of all creation: Grant that all people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united under the glorious and gentle rule of your Son.[2]


[1] Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B, John  Brockhoff, © 1980 CSS Publishing, Lima, OH
[2] Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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