Series Introduction

Advent and Christmas announced Ready or Not Here He Comes. Epiphany shouts: Here’s Jesus. From a humble baptism by John in the Jordan River to a glorious transfiguration Jesus is revealed to the world as humble, magnetic, powerful, and compassionate. Knowing Jesus is a lifelong adventure. 2021 will certainly have its share of triumphs and tragedies. The one, never changing constant is God’s love for us revealed in the birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and promised coming again in glory of his beloved Son.

The Beloved Son

Sunday, January 10, 2021 – In quick decisive strokes Mark paints a picture of our restoration. Heaven and earth meant to be together, but separated by sin and evil, are being brought back together. John announces it. Jesus accomplishes it. And God, the Father affirms it. Jesus steps up out of the water and heaven is torn open and the Spirit descends on him. Jesus is the Beloved Son, who brings us back into the presence of God in the water of our baptism by the power of the Holy Spirit. The adventure of another year of following Jesus begins today. Where will he lead us in 2021?

From Nazareth

Sunday, January 17 – Who do you say Jesus is? That is the ultimate question that will determine your entire understanding of life now and forever. But how does one come to give an answer? In our reading today Nathanael is skeptical, then miraculously convinced. Jesus from Nazareth, a place where no great figure of the biblical story has ever been from, is the Son of God, the King of Israel. What happens next is both humorous and thrilling!