Mark 1: 4-8
John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey. As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism – a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit – will change you from the inside out.”
This Christmas we went to a Pantomime; I love them and Anna-Rose & Daniella get really embarrassed because of the energetic way I join in with the “He’s behind you”, “Oh yes it is” and “booing at the baddie” moments.
Even though I am not the main character, or even on the stage, I still have a part to play. In fact the the thing I love about Pantos is the need for the audience to join in, and how a panto is dependant on the audience joining in; I audience participation makes or breaks a panto.
John realises he is not the main character, Jesus is, but he recognises his need to join in to make the story Jesus is shaping throughout history. This the same for us, we are not the main character, but have a key part to play.
I love that life is like a Panto; the more you join in and put into it, the more you get out of it and the more others get out of it.
(The bit from the bible: Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.)