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"The 200-Year Present" -- Matthew 1:1-8, 16-17 & 3:13-17 (Baptism of Jesus)

I’m strangely fascinated by the way that the 4 Gospels in the Bible begin and end. They say every story has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. How a writer begins and ends their story has everything to do with the story that they tell in the middle. The 4 gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – are arguably telling the same story – the story of God’s saving love for us in Jesus Christ. And yet, they are so different – particularly how