A New Start
This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, January 11, 2015. The scripture is Mark 1:4-11. 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:
4 John 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.” 9At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. 11Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.