Sermons on “Mark”


Advent 2 – John’s Rough Comfort – December 6, 2020

John’s Rough Comfort

#HandelsMessiahComfort, O comfort my people, Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, the prophet Isaiah says.  Today’s passage from Isaiah is one of its most tender and beautiful sections.  Most of Handel’s Messiah comes from this passage — O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion, Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted, the Hallelujah Chorus.  You can hear the carol Comfort, Comfort Ye My People in these words, and Go Tell It On the Mountain.  And how about Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord from the rock musical Godspell?

The passage we read from Isaiah this morning is so very important that Mark’s Gospel begins with it, right after the statement of the Gospel’s purpose.  …

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