You Have No Right to Keep it!

The GenesisCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » of the GospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... »

Mark“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » 1:1-8

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

December 07, 2014 (2nd Sunday of AdventThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... »)

preparethewayofthelord

Introduction

Bob Woods tells the storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » of a couple who took their sonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », 11, and daughter, 7, to Carlsbad Caverns (Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a United States National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico). As always, when the tour reached the deepest point in the cavern, the guide turned off all the lights to dramatize how completely dark and silent it is below the earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... »’s surface.

The little girl, suddenly enveloped in total darkness, was frightened and began to cry. Suddenly she heard the voiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » of her brother: “Don’t cry. Somebody here knows how to turn on the lights.” In a real sense, that is the messageThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... » of the gospel: lightIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » is available, even when darkness seems overwhelming (Bob Woods, Pulpit Digest).

In our Gospel reading today, we are going to hear the light of the Gospel in the midst of darkness, and how a simple manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » helped to preachJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » it to the people in his community.

I. The GoodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » News is Inaugurated

Mark 1:1-3 says, “This is the beginning of the gospel of JesusThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » the MessiahThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... », the Son of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ». As it is written in the prophetGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » IsaiahIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », “See! I am sending my messengerThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » ahead of you, who will preparePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » your wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». He is a voice callingGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way for the LordPGF the Lord!. Read more ... »! Make his paths straightWhat? Saint Augustine Was Homosexual?. Read more ... »!'”

The good news of the Gospel of Mark begins not with birthGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » story of Jesus as in MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », not with the birth story of John the BaptistThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » as in LukeThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... », and not with the beginning of timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » as in JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... ». Rather, the gospel of Mark begins with a hearkening (listeningGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... ») back to the wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of the prophetsHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... » (vv.1-3).

Clearly in verse 2 Prophet Isaiah is mentioned, but actually the words of Malachi are also used here, “Watch out! I’m sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the LORD you are looking for will comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to his TempleJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... ». He is the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Watch out! He is comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... »!” says the LORD of the Heavenly ArmiesThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » (Mal. 3:1).

In Isaiah 40:3, it says, “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; and in the desert a straight highwayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » for our God.”

Indeed, the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », was already prophesied but now in our passage it is inaugurated! The inauguration happened through the realization of prophecyProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ». Here, Mark introduced the “new ExodusJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... »” since he used “prepare the way of the Lord” as in Isaiah 40 (Oxford Annotated BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... »).

II. The Gospel is Proclaimedwhatsthegoodnews

Indeed, Mark introduced the “new Exodus” in the following words, “John was baptizing in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptismThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » about repentanceNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » for the forgivenessThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » (Mark 1:4).  John was baptizing and asking people to repentTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... »–these were rituals of entrance into God’s renewed covenant with God.

New exodus means people should leave the sinful lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » and enter the KingdomThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » of God. When the people saw this, verse 5 says, “People from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, being baptized by him while they confessed their sins.”

III. The God-Man has PowerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... »

John introduced in verses 7 and 8 that Jesus was coming as human and divine. In his words, “The one who is coming (as Man) after me is stronger than I am, and I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandal straps. I baptized you with waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », but it is he who will baptize you with the Holy SpiritMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » (divine).”

Our gospel reading today tells us that the good news comes in our midst with power. The gospel of Jesus is not just other teaching of other rabbis and teachers of religionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... ». Jesus’ gospel is uniqueThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » with full of realization and power. The gospel of Jesus when receivesThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » and internalizes, it will transform man. Then, he joins the new exodus and the new missionWhat is Life?. Read more ... » of God.Jesus-is-the-good-news

Conclusion

The worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »-famous violinist, Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), earned good moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » with his concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered a matchless or perfect violin on one of his trips, he wasn’t able to buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » it.

Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase the violin. But to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector.

Kreisler made his way to the new owner’s home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » and offered to buy the violin. The collector said it had become his prized possession and he would not sell it.preach-the-gospel-at-all-times-and-when-necessary-use-words-4

Very disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea, and he told to the owner, “Could I play the instrument once more before it is consigned to silence?”

Permission was granted, and the great virtuoso filled the room with such heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... »-moving musicMitoy to Ellen's Show?. Read more ... » that the collector’s emotions were deeply moved. “I have no right to keep that to myself,” he exclaimed. “It’s yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world, and let people hear it” (Our Daily BreadPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... », February 4, 1994).

Like Mr. Kreisler who received the wonderful violin, we have received the Gospel of the Lord with power. We should not keep that in silence, we have no right to keep it to ourselves. We should share it to the world, we should share it to our familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » members, we should share it to our students, we should share it to our close friends, indeed, we should share it to anybody that we meet in our journey of life.

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