John the Baptist

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“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’ ” – Mark 1:9-11 The Gospel of Mark is fascinating, and in its earliest form, it can be referred to as the Gospel of Peter. According to most scholars, Peter and Mark wrote it together. The Gospels had been told, memorized and shared, but eventually, they wrote it down so people could remember what happened. In my imagination, I see these two deciding where to begin. It was the exciting memory of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist that came to them! John was a peculiar man who

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“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” – Matthew 9:17 The discussion of new wine began with Jesus being questioned by the disciples of John the Baptist who wanted to know why the disciples of Jesus did not fast. I picture Jesus saying, “You don’t fast at a wedding when you are with the bridegroom.” Why would you fast at a party? You don’t sew new cloth into an old garment and you definitely do not put new wine into an old wineskin or it will tear, as found in Matthew 9:14-17. Do you know what wine is a symbol of in the Bible? Wine is a symbol of joy, celebration, and abundance.  There are some practical things

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