Reading: Mark 1:1-8 (Click to read text)
Reflection: This dates me a little, but in my opinion no one is better at the late-night TV thing than Johnny Carson was. Every once in a while I catch some reruns of Carson’s clips on TV or just go on line to watch some. I always laugh--even at routines I remember. Ed McMann, the co-host had a marvelous way of introducing Carson: Heeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!
Mark begins his gospel rather bluntly, The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And then he immediately turns to John the Baptist: Heeeeeere’s Johnny. Lots of folks were attracted to John. They confessed their sins and were baptized by him. But here is the really important thing. John immediately points to Jesus. Dare I do it? Heeeeeere’s Jesus! Actually John doesn’t name Jesus. He describes him: “more powerful than I,” “he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Ed McMann was a great announcer. He introduced Carson every night with an excitement that set up the whole show. John the Baptist was a great announcer, too. He introduced Jesus to people so that they would pay attention and see what this person was all about.
What do you think about your role as an announcer? As one who points away from yourself to Jesus? One who tells folks how important Jesus is. One who can describe the relationship Jesus has with you. And does it in such a way that people want to stick around and experience more. Perhaps today we can be a little more aware that through our lives and words we are introducing Jesus to the folks around us. And when we get the opportunity, let’s not be afraid to name Jesus. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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