Mark tells us people came out to the wilderness to see John the Baptizer. Who does that? Who leaves the comfort of their home, work, etc. to go out and see a preacher? Having heard that preacher, who “confesses” “repents” and lets the preacher dunk them in water? There’s only one kind of person who does that: Someone who is seeking. Someone who is hurting and broken. Someone who is looking for new life. Well, John has good news for those folks . . . new life is coming . . . new life is here. Our scripture reading comes from Mark 1:1-8.

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