02.16.2019 – New Testament: Mark 1.1–4
To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 1.1–22 on February 16, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019
By Don Ruhl
Mark began his account of the ministry of Jesus Christ, saying,
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mark 1.1).
The gospel, or the good news, that the Son of God had finally arrived in the world, began with telling of the arrival of the forerunner of the Christ. Mark quoted the prophet who spoke of the one who would come and prepare the way for the Lord:
As it is written in the Prophets:
“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.”
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.’”
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Mark 1.1–3).
John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord in two particular ways: Baptism and preaching:
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Mark 1.4).
John prepared the way of the Lord by making the way holy, preaching to the people that they should repent and be baptized for the remissions of sins. Many today still prepare the way of the Lord to enter into the hearts of the people. He cannot enter the heart until repentance and remission of sins (forgiveness of sins) happens.
- Have you repented of your sins?
- Have you been baptized for the forgiveness of your sins?
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