Showing posts with label John-Baptist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John-Baptist. Show all posts

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Opposition Begins

Jesus began to proclaim the Kingdom of God in Galilee following the arrest of John the Baptist, an incident that foreshadowed the opposition he would face throughout his ministry. Resistance to him would culminate in his arrest, trial, and execution in Jerusalem. His message brought fulfillment but also adversity. Unlike the prophets of old, his work did NOT begin or center in Jerusalem, though it certainly ended there.

Friday, January 26, 2024

Rend the Heavens!

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus first appears when he is baptized by John the Baptist. He is identified with his hometown of Nazareth, a village of no consequence, though its very insignificance plays an important role in the story. He is the “Servant of the LORD” anointed by the Spirit who does not conform to popular expectations about the Messiah, BOTH THEN AND NOW.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

In Spirit and Fire

John the Baptist proclaimed a baptism in water “for the remission of sins,” and he announced the arrival of the “Coming One.” He was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah as promised in Isaiah - “Behold, I send my messenger before your face… The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord.” He would be the King of Israel who baptizes his people “in Spirit and Fire.”

The Forerunner

All four gospel accounts apply the passage in the Book of Isaiah to John the Baptist, the messenger who called men to repent “for the remission of sins” in preparation for the arrival of the Messiah. The passage identifies John as the forerunner who was expected before the “Day of Yahweh” to summon the faithful - “The voice of one crying, in the wilderness, prepare the way of the LORD” - (Isaiah 40:3-5).

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Voice in the Wilderness

The Gospel of Mark opens with a declaration based on passages in the Hebrew Bible, providing the scriptural basis for the ministry of John the Baptist. It sets the stage for the Messianic mission of Jesus and his proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Thus, Mark’s account begins on a note of fulfillment. The Man from Nazareth is the Messiah and Savior promised by the God of Israel in the Scriptures.