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As I remembered the many examples of the wilderness in the Bible I wanted to see how what they have in common could to serve to define what it meant to be in the wilderness. From the stories of Adam and Eve, the people of Israel, Moses, and Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, I found common characteristics of how wilderness was understood. It was a place away from society and with less control. People are often lost and wandering as they experience the wilderness. It is where people go to be tested or punished and people often feel disconnected from God. It is also the place in the New Testament where mentally ill people dwell. But for all of its negativity, the wilderness is not all bad. It is where we find miracles and some of …show more content…
We know that John has been working in the wilderness and that people have been seeking him out but is that enough to relate to our own experience of the wilderness today? What if our wilderness is too extreme for us to find John the Baptist in the midst? As John describes his work and the nature of his baptism, he makes one thing clear - his baptism will be nothing compared to the baptism of the one who is to come. People may be getting baptised by John with water right now, but soon the Messiah will baptize them in the fire of the Holy Spirit. This ties to his general message as he tells people it is not about him, but instead about Christ, the one they are waiting for. The solution to our own wilderness is not found by seeking out John the Baptist because John himself tells us that it is Christ who has more power and authority. What does Christ tell us about the diverse arena of our wilderness? In the following verses, Christ goes to John to be baptized in the wilderness. This is the message to our mixture of emotions during Advent: Christ will find us in the wilderness. This means we do not have to be feeling a particular or proper way during Advent. While it may be common to celebrate and experience joy, Christ reminds us …show more content…
It felt natural to use Tom Long and approach the text in a “then vs now” mindset. The problem in the text is that John is working in the wilderness, a place of uncertainty and often challenge. The solution then is that Jesusseeks out John in the wilderness and makes his presence known. The problem we have today is that we are in Advent but are experiencing a range of emotions similar to the diversity the wilderness can bring. Our solution today is knowing that Christ is near in Advent and that He will still reach us in our joy or in our pain. For the structure, I decided with: problem now, problem then, solution then, solution now. I always prefer to begin the sermon with what is relevant in today’s world in hope of getting people’s attention early. I also like to end with the solution for the present day as that gives the best chance of the audience leaving with the good news at the top of their

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