Summary: A perspective on Mark 1: 1-8 When you find yourself again having a wilderness experience, listen to the voice of the one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

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Mark 1: 1-8

The Big Bang Of Good News

One motor enthusiast has short-listed four cars in a recent AA magazine and one of those will be voted the car of the 20th century. Short listed are: the Model T-Ford, the VW beetle, the Mini-Minor, and the Porsche 911. All have been selected for different reasons, but each one signifies a major achievement in the motoring world.

The process has begun. Most people are thinking and reflecting back over the 20th century to its finest moments and human achievements. What were they? Recently a news announcer on Channel 1 was reporting on the most popular book of the 20th century. He mentioned some from the short listed books: War and Peace, Lord of the Rings, the Power of One, and the Guineas Book of World Records. The most popular book in the 20th century is the Word of God, the Bible. I am thrilled and encouraged by it that the Word of God is still the most sought after word. I feel that the Bible is like a world cup winner amongst the books. A great achievement for all who are on the team of God, in the kingdom of heaven.

This century we landed a man on the moon. That was great! Now we are dealing with the universe within us and experimenting with DNA and cloning pigs and things. What will become of that? At another time the great Pyramids of Egypt were built, the Great Wall of China, and the Gothic Cathedrals are listed amongst the great achievements of humankind. Some human activity great and small have been inspired and blessed by God.

What has been your greatest moment and achievement so far? Coming New Year’s Eve there’s one thing I want to achieve. At the right moment, at midnight I’m going to light my Boom-Man fireworks. I’ve been saving it from the recent Guy Faukes night. It’s a mortar fireworks for enthusiast that shoots into the air a single fire ball of the maximum allowable explosive. Once up, it will explode into colour and noise. I’m hoping that it will be a big bang as promised by its maker.

That is how Mark begins his gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He begins it with a big bang, a big bang of good news. It is good news of a great achievement of God. It is nothing like our earthly achievements that in time will crumble away or are soon forgotten. It is an achievement that is equal to God creating the heavens and earth as told in the beginning of the Bible. It’s big, it’s mighty and it’s forever.

The gospel writer, Mark brings us to remember the God given vision of the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who will prepare thy way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight-.” This is part of the vision. Isaiah has been allowed to look into the great council of God, to see the whole company of heaven, angels and the lot, during a meeting with God in the heavenly council. This meeting is important to God, for he is about to undertake a wonderful thing. The timing is right. God wants everyone to known about it because everyone will be effected through it.

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