[July 12, 2015] Today’s text is curious. It sets us up with the questioning going on in the halls of power and then tells a story about John the Baptist. This story is the only passage in Mark’s gospel that does not focus directly on Jesus. In the lectionary it is accompanied by . . . → Read More: Mark 6:14-19, The World’s Feast
[March 9, 2014] The First Sunday of Lent begins with Jesus’ forty-day withdrawal into the wilderness to fast, and his testing by his adversary at the end of his fast. This year we consider this in the Gospel according to Matthew, and consequently I will attempt to pick up on Matthew’s nuance of what happened. . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:1-11, The Testing of the Christ
[January 19, 2014] Today’s gospel reading begins with the testimony of John the Baptist to Jesus, and ends with Jesus giving Simon the Arabic name Cephas, or Peter in Greek. So what’s going on here? And what does it have to do with us? “Come and see!” Jesus says. The Witness of John (John 1:19-28) . . . → Read More: John 1:29-42, The Lamb, the Dove, and the Rock (a sermon)
[December 15, 2013] Today, the Third Sunday of Advent has this for its Gospel text. John the Baptist sends from prison a messenger to Jesus to ask Him whether He was indeed the “Coming One.” Jesus tells the messengers to report to John what they see and hear, and He describes what . . . → Read More: Matthew 11:2-11, What Do We Expect to Find in Jesus?
[December 8, 2013] On the first Sunday of Advent we spoke of living with the Christian’s hope, the Lord’s second coming, and being in a state of preparedness for it. This second Sunday of Advent we consider the witness of John the Baptist who called all people to repent in view of the One . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:1-12, The Coming of God [unfinished]
[August 10, 2008] The Gospel according to Matthew presents Jesus as the Messiah: the fulfillment of Israel’s relationship with God, “the Law and the Prophets,” in fact everything in the Old Testament. He is in His own Person the kingdom of the heavens drawn near to Israel. At His . . . → Read More: Matthew 11:2-19, Being Disappointed in Jesus
[January 8, 2012] Please see the message, The Baptism of Our Lord, that I preached on January 13, 2008.
The Message of John (Matthew 3:1-17)
John preached a baptism of repentance and proclaimed the Coming One. He appeared dressed like the prophet Elijah and, like this figure, he pronounced the . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:1-17, The Baptism of Jesus, What It Means
[January 9, 2011] Today we consider the baptism of our Lord from the point of view of the Gospel according to John. We will, however, be guided by the gospel itself rather than the particular interest that we bring to it. The passage we are considering is the beginning of the narrative in . . . → Read More: John 1:19-34, The Lamb and the Dove
[December 19, 2010] Two weeks ago we considered the eternity of the Son of God and last week we considered His witness, and presence through this witness, in time. Today we will consider the particular witness of John the Baptist in John 3. John’s role is to bring us to Christ. We usually . . . → Read More: John 3:22—4:3, Christ Our Bridegroom