"At peace without spot or blemish" is Bible talk for being ready. Prepare! is the word in
Mark's gospel. He's quoting Malachi and Isaiah here at the very beginning, as he sets out
to tell his tale – the good news of Jesus Christ the Son of God; his book title, if you will.
Mark wants his story set in the context of biblical prophecy, in the voice of a wild man named
John who promises that the one coming after him is going to change positively everything. Don't you wonder what folks thought, watching and listening to John? That if this camel-hair-wearing, locust-eating nut job was the warm-up act, what in the world was the real guy going to be like?
Tom Hanks is how I picture John the Baptist now, ever since the movie Cast Away came out.
Sermon ~ Pastor Annette
For the First Sunday of Advent, the lectionaries always have a text like "Wake Up!" or "Get Ready!" or "Prepare Ye!" – like Mark 13, where Jesus tells his listeners, "Keep awake!"
Mark 13 is called The Little Apocalypse, for how much it reads like Daniel and Revelation, that other apocalyptic literature in the Bible.
I think Little Apocalypse sounds like a band name, but turns out it isn't. It is, however, an
album title for a Bob-Dylan-sounding alt-country band called The Schramms.
. . . the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the
stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be
shaken. 26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great
power and glory. 27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect
from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.