Mark 1:1-8 – Symbolism of Christmastime: Prophets
For five weeks, we will be reintroduced to those who played pivotal roles in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Some of the faces will be familiar, like Mary and Joseph. Others we will meet again, for the first time in a way, such as the magi who have so often and so long been misunderstood. We will hear about the significance of the angels, the messengers of God, bringing the good news to the shepherds, whom most people considered the bottom of society. Throughout this time, our knowledge of the story of Jesus’s birth will be recounted, and sometimes elements of it will be challenged, but in all ways our grasp of it should be strengthened for the sake of knowing Jesus himself even better.
We begin our new worship series, Symbolism of Christmastime, by taking a deep dive into Mark 1:1-8. The prophets prepared the way for the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Their overarching message was about simplicity. It was about making a straight path, resisting the hustle and bustle of the wider culture, and clearing the clutter along the way. The message of John the Baptizer, about whom we learn more in Mark 1:1-8, was about getting ready to encounter Jesus and then stay focused on him. To do this, to stay focused, we are challenged to make difficult choices to avoid the distractions and false promises of this world.
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