We read in today’s story the appearance of Jesus Christ the son of God. There was a messenger from God whom God had sent to prepare the way before the Lord, his name was John the Baptist, he baptized the people and called them to repentance, promising forgiveness in preparation for the coming of the Lord. Jesus also came and was baptized of John and the heavens opened and a voice from heaven declaring thou art my beloved son in whom I am well pleased and after which the Spirit drove him into the wilderness for forty days to be tempted by Satan.
Jesus returned to Galilee and began His public ministry after John’s arrest and proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and as he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he called his disciples and promised to make them fishers of men they forsook their nets and followed Him.
We saw how Jesus picked up from where John left off, he urged the people to turn away from their sins and turn to God by believing the good news of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Like the disciples of Jesus we too must be willing to yield ourselves to God completely and propagate the good news that has been committed to our care. This news is to spread to our communities and the world because this is our primary purpose in life.
My primary purpose in life is to propagate the gospel; I will fulfill this mandate and my community and sphere of influence will receive Christ through me.
Reading – Mark 1:1-20
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b] 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”[c]—
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”[d]
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with[e] water, but he will baptize you with[f] the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[g] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
Jesus Announces the Good News
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
- Mark 1:1 Or Jesus Christ. Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One.
- Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts do not have the Son of God.
- Mark 1:2 Mal. 3:1
- Mark 1:3 Isaiah 40:3
- Mark 1:8 Or in
- Mark 1:8 Or in
- Mark 1:13 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.