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December 14, 2011, 10:44 AM

Mark's Birth Narrative

Well, actually, Mark doesn't contain a birth narrative!  Only Matthew and Luke have an account of that happening.

So, you may ask yourself, why am I preaching from Mark 1:1-3 this Sunday?  Shoot, I'm not even going to be saying anything about John the Baptist -- and when you preach on this text during Advent, that's usually the reason you do it!

Well, I am going to preach from this text because I want to explore the essential meaning of Advent.  Often, we turn sentimental at this time of year.  We talk about the little, cuddly baby in the manger.  Baby Jesus being born into our hearts.  We sometimes seem to speak of Advent as a time to look for yet another humble birth in Bethlehem.

Well.  No.  That's not what Advent is primarily about, though Incarnation packs a ton of meaning.

Advent is more about the Second Coming than the first coming two thousand years ago.  Jesus did in fact come as a little, human baby.  But, that is the reason, the fuel, the basis (Incarnation again) -- if you will -- that we can have Advent hope and assurance that he will come again as risen Savior, King and Lord!

I am going to look at three words (concepts, really) this Sunday that help us unpack this meaning:  Gospel, Christ and Son of God.

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