The gospel lectionary reading for the Second Sunday in Advent in this Year B is Mark 1.1–8. This is a slightly odd choice, since in a few weeks’ time, for Epiphany Sunday, we will be reading Mark 1.4–11, which goes on to include the brief account of Jesus’ baptism.
But this opening of the gospel has a remarkable impact—it is like a firework show going off in front of us, as Mark introduces this ‘life’ of Jesus with a powerful collection of biblical references. This ‘beginning’ is in some sense the beginning of the end—the fulfilment of all God’s promises to his people. John is introduced as a powerful eschatological figure—who then stoops in humility (and worship?) to the one who comes after him.
Join Ian and James as they discuss these fascinating issues, and their implications for both our preaching and our discipleship.