This passage jumped out at me in Isaiah 1 ....
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be eaten by the sword;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
No matter how far we have fallen, no matter how wicked we have become, no matter how much we have sinned - we cannot outsin grace. God stands willing to forgive - but we have to repent. We can't only be sorry for getting caught, we can't simply feel bad for the consequences of our sin on ourselves or even of those we've hurt. We need to see how our sin offends God. We need to see the holiness of God juxtaposed against our own wickedness, and that needs to grieve us. We need to agree with God about our sin - and not try to justify it. We need to turn away from our sin and, instead, turn toward God. Jesus is the only One who can wash our scarlet sins away until they are white as snow.
In our Mark passage we see John's purpose - to prepare the way of Jesus, to announce His arrival. Are we excited to share the presence of Jesus with those around us?
It's interesting, too, how the testing of Jesus comes immediately after the high of baptism. We should find it no surprise when we too are tested after a spiritual high.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Isaiah 3-4, Mark 1:23-45