Studies in the Gospel of Mark – Mark 1:1-12
Note: In 2014 there are 16 Sundays between the New Year and Easter. Readers who read one chapter a week from the Gospel of Mark will read through the book by Easter. Chapter 15 includes the account of the crucifixion, and it is to be read on Psalm Sunday. Chapter 16 includes the account of the resurrection, and it is to be read on Easter Sunday.
See also: Matt. 1:1, 11:13; Heb. 1:1-2; I Tim. 2:16; Mal. 3:1-2; Luke 3:22; John 1:32-34; Is. 61:1
Son of God – v. 1 – Mark opens by declaring Jesus to be the divine Son of God.
Text – vs. 2-3 – Long ago it was prophesied that a forerunner would pave the way for the Messiah.
Appearance – v. 4-8 – John the Baptizer appears in the wilderness near the Jordan. There he receives the masses who are repentant and seeking to be baptized.
Rite of baptism – v. 9 – Jesus was baptized. It is difficult to understand why there is so much confusion about the rite of baptism. What did Jesus do? He was baptized by John in the Jordan? If we would do what Jesus would do, we would submit to this holy rite.
Testimony – v. 10-11 – The voice confirms Jesus divinity. The Gospel is the record of the works of the Son of God.
Exemplary Story: The Gospel of Mark would have an “action” sticker if it were a DVD at the local library. See if you can find every time the word “immediately” appears in the first chapter. My preacher counts 10. Do you?