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Genesis 22:1-18,Mark 1:9-15

by Rev. Alan Taylor

Lent 1, series B St. John Lutheran Church  Galveston, Texas  Sun, Feb 26, 2012


+ In Nomine Jesu +

Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The similarities between the Old Testament and Gospel lessons for this morning are pretty evident.  Two figures are tempted to do the unimaginable.  Abraham, to demonstrate his faithfulness to God, is tempted to slay Isaac, his only son.  God, in faithfulness to His promise to redeem His creation, offers up His only-Son to suffer temptation and eventually death at the hands of the devil.

There are parallels too in the unimaginable sacrifice that each of the two figures offers.  Isaac, knowing that a Lamb was required for the sacrifice, asked his father, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”  While Mark only briefly mentions Jesus’ baptism, wherein Jesus is identified as God’s Lamb, John gives us a fuller view of the event.  As Jesus stepped into the water of the Jordan River to be baptized, John the Baptist, in the spirit of the prophets of old, pointed to Him and said, “behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  God had indeed provided the Lamb.

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