by Rev. Merianna Harrelson, Pastor New Hope Christian Fellowship
This Advent instead of studying the gospel of Luke or Matthew, we studied the gospel of Mark. The Messianic Secret drew me in with its secrecy and mystism.
The gospel writer makes sure there are no questions about why the gospel was written:
The beginning of the good news of about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God
Mark 1:1 (NRSV)
An unfinished sentence? A title to the gospel? We’re not sure, but what we are sure is that the story that is about to unfold throughout the gospel of Mark is good news.
The little apocolapyse in Mark 13 that predicts a day of judgement? Good news.
The disiciples who never seem to fully understand who they are following? Good news.
The uncertainty of what happens to Jesus at the end of Mark? Good news.
Because perhaps, the gospel writer of Mark reminds us as the people of God that there are some aspects of the Divine Incarnate entering the world that we will never understand. Perhaps the unfinished sentence that starts the gospel of Mark is an invitation for us to tell the story of God with us. Perhaps Emmanuel, God with us, is something too great for words.
May God remind us this season that we can’t fully comprehend the Divine even when the Divine takes on flesh.