Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalms 85:9-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8
Two senior citizens in an old folks home were engaged in a controversy over a political issue. However, it appeared that one of them was doing all the talking, while the second man waited patiently for an opening to present his side of the argument. When it appeared that the first man had run out of steam and the second man was about to have his say, the one who had been doing all the talking quickly turned off his hearing-aid.
At this point I feel like the second man in that story. This is because I am about to define the cost of God’s gift of New Life with a word that may prompt most of you to turn off your hearing-aids, so to speak. The word causes such negative vibrations to so many of us that I hesitate to use it. The word is “repentance.” It implies that there is something wrong with us, and none of us likes to admit that.…