Selling an idea – or a product – tends to follow a well worn pattern: woo your audience; make them feel good; tell them they are wonderful; overpromise; tell them that everything will be easy. Strangely, Mark’s gospel begins with John the Baptist doing the exact opposite as he exploded onto the scene announcing the coming of Jesus. Unkempt and acerbic, he ranted and raved at people, haranguing them to repent and to change their wicked ways.
Yet they kept coming – in droves. They had watched their society falling apart, the bad guys always winning, compassion falling by the wayside, the rich getting richer and the poor poorer. Perhaps they were hungry for real change – no more blah, blah, blah! With John, they understood that if you want real change it won’t be easy; and it has to start with yourself.
Jesus had the best warm-up act in history!
From this Sunday, 28 November, we pause our alphabetical walk through the bible and take a look at how Jesus first appears in each of the gospels, starting with Mark. We start at 10:30. 58 High St, Auchterarder, and via Zoom. For an invitation, please click the Message button, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.