Join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for the Second Sunday of Advent. Guest preacher Maggie Sebastian will explore Mark’s Story of Christmas with us.
Each of the gospel writers seeks to make sense of the story of Jesus. How did he begin his life? What is important in his teachings? What happened at the cross and afterward?
Though it comes second in our Bible, Mark was the first gospel written. Mark is the most concise. It has a “just the facts m’am” feel to it as the story of Jesus unfolds. This results in an absence of a birth narrative of any kind. Clearly the writer of our first gospel did not know of or find the birth important.
What Mark does, however, is connect us to the past, present, and future. Making reference to the past, to the prophets of the elder testament, Mark points us to a hopeful future.
Scripture Mark 1:1-3 CEB
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, 2 happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah:
Look, I am sending my messenger before you.
He will prepare your way,
3 a voice shouting in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight.”
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