Sunday, December 7, 2008

2nd Sunday of Advent - Mark 1:1-8

If I attended an Episcopal Church today, I would hear the following passage of the Gospel read:

The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way" "a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

We are so fortunate, we live under the New Convenant as opposed to the Law. Jesus did not come to do away with the Law - the Old Covenant but to complete it. God our Father loves us so much, He sent His Son to save us, to redeem us from bondage, to heal us, to restore us, to deliver us. Jesus the Prince of Peace, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings loves you and me so much He took the cup that was given to Him by His Father to save us. He was obedient unto death for us. Worship Him today. Thank Him today. Live for Him and no other today and always.