The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 1:9-15
18 mins 46 secs
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There were times in church history when people chose to be baptized on their deathbeds, so that they could be sure that all their sins were forgiven, and there would be no time between baptism and heaven. No time to suffer and endure, no time to be tempted and fail, no time to live in the brokenness of our lives wondering how to live in hope. But that is not how Jesus lived and not how we are to live. Jesus was baptized, but did not immediately ascend or transfigure; instead he was driven into the wilderness to be tempted for 40 days to take any path, any shortcut, other than the one laid out before him. He withstood temptation and persevered on his path all the way to the cross and beyond. Living in hope in the face of temptation, suffering, and waiting is a struggle the church has faced for 2000 years, and one we cannot face alone.