InfantJesus_JohnBaptist

Mark 1

And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

It has been 400 years since God spoke through a human prophet. God is supposed to dwell in the Temple of Jerusalem, but he isn’t talking.

Now John the Baptist shows up in the wilderness of Judea, outside of Jerusalem. John is speaking for God. Finally after 400 years! His message?

 

There is a new sheriff in town. This one will bring new life and finally install

God’s created order for good. The days of the forces of evil and darkness are numbered. Welcome to town, Sheriff Jesus.

Can you imagine waiting 400 years to hear from God? Where is he the whole time? Supposedly in Jerusalem, but God seems to be staying quiet.

And then the one whom God sends is a guy who stays out of Jerusalem, out in the desert, kind of like a Survivor contestant. Jerusalem has to come to him. And they do. We are told they all come to him.

And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

As we learned last week, prophets didn’t baptize people before. This is a new thing.

For the people coming out out to see John, this baptism is a sign of commitment to start fresh with  God. And some of the people don’t just go out there, John chooses them to stay as his students. John the Baptist has disciples before Jesus does. But, it isn’t John the people need to follow. John is making this clear.

ME

When it comes to Jesus what do you think of when you hear, “Protect and Serve”?

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