Sunday, January 30, 2011

This is the Gospel of the King who Saves

This morning at church we started a new sermon series on the Gospel of Mark, looking at chapter 1, verses 1-15. The extracts below highlight what it is all about: forgiveness of sins and God establishing a new kingdom, as he promised.

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God....

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins...

"After me comes he who is mightier than I, ..."

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,15and saying,  "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

John the Baptist was the "Elijah" [one dressed in camel hair] who had been predicted to come. He points towards Jesus [he saves] Christ [King].
The painting below is from the Isenheim Alterpiece by Gruenwald. A copy hung in Karl Barth's office for much his career.

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