This is Rita Marquez’ sermon from Sunday, December 8, 2013. The scripture is Mark 1:1-8. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
1The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. 2Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you; He’ll make the road smooth for you. 3Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! 4John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. 5People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. 6John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey. 7As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. 8I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.
This is the video that Rita shared at the end of her sermon: