ABC day 6 – Mark: where the action is

John the Baptist Preaching, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Mark 1:1-11 today – the third opening we’ve read as part of the Advent Book Club.

There’s no messing about with Mark. None of the mysticism of John, nor the genealogy of Mark. We’re told right there in the first line that this is the good news about Jesus Christ – we don’t need to worry that there might be a sad ending – we know it is good news.

And then we get to one of my favourite things about so much of what we read at the start of the Gospels – the echoes back to the prophets – in this case, Isaiah 40:3.

Too soon to listen to part of Handel’s Messiah? No such thing, surely?

Maggi tells us that Mark brings together three different pieces of old testament prophecy – Exodus 23:20, Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1 – to tell us why the man he is about to describe, Jesus, is the fulfilment of God’s promise – and hence what type of people we, as Christians, should be.

I found this helpful – it is too easy to spend Advent and Christmas thinking about the first of these points – who Jesus was and is – and not enough about what it means for us today. We are an Easter people, and all too often we look to Easter to answer that latter question. This got me thinking – and praying…

Maranatha – come, Lord Jesus.

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