Mark 1:1-13 – The Beginning of the Gospel

  1. Prophesies fulfilled
    1. Malachi
      1. Malachi 3:1 prophesied about two messengers
    2. Isaiah
      1. Mark quoted Isaiah 40:3
      2. Isaiah ch40-66 talks about the suffering Servant of God
      3. Isaiah 40:9 – Good news = Gospel
      4. Peter quoted Isaiah 40:8 in 1 Peter 1:24-25
  2. Meaning of Gospel
    1. Gospel = Jesus Christ, the Son of God
    2. Greek – Evangel – good news
    3. Mark 1:1 – The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God
    4. Mark 1:14-15 – Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of God, told people to repent and believe in the gospel
    5. Mark 8:35 – Jesus called His disciples to deny themselves and take up the cross for His sake and gospel’s sake
    6. Mark 10:29 – …for My sale and for the gospel’s sake
    7. Mark 13:10 – The gospel must first be preached to all the nations
    8. Mark 14:9 – wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her
    9. Mark 16:15 – Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation
  3. Christ
    1. After Mark 1:1, Jesus was referred to as the Christ first by Peter in Caesarea Philippi (Mark 8:29)
    2. Mark 9:41 Jesus referred to Himself as Christ
    3. Mark 12:35 the Christ is the son of David
    4. Mark 13:21 false Christs
    5. Mark 14:61 High priest questioned Jesus, “Are You the Christ?…”
    6. Mark 15:32 Jesus was mocked on the cross
  4. Son of God
    1. The evil spirits recognized Jesus as the Son of God (3:11,5:7)
    2. Mark 14:61 – High priest questioned Jesus,”…Son of the Blessed One?”
    3. Mark 15:39 – Centurion: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
  5. Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee (1:9)
    1. Hebrew = Joshua, Greek = Jesus, very common name in Jesus time
    2. Nathaniel said “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”
    3. Life in Nazareth – life as a son of a carpenter in an ordinary Jewish family
  6. John the baptist
    1. John’s story was recorded in Luke Ch1,Ch3
    2. Israel had no had a prophet for 400 years
    3. Preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins
    4. Many people came and heard his message, confessed their sins and were baptized
    5. John’s ministry is to prepare to way for Jesus
  7. Jesus’s baptism
    1. Symbolized Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection
      1. Repentance alone can never produce righteousness
      2. Jesus was baptized for the repentance and confession of sins, but not His own sins, it was for the sins of mankind
      3. 2 Co 5:21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him
      4. Jesus was baptized so He can identify Himself with the sinners, in order that righteousness should become possible to the sinners whose sins He bore and whose sorrows He endured
        1. Matt 3:15 – Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness
    2. Jesus baptism was His act of dedication, the coming of the Spirit was God’s act of consecration
  8. Holy Spirit
    1. Holy Spirit is always with Jesus, in Jesus’s baptism the Holy Spirit was given to Jesus in a new sense, in a new significance, and with new powers.
    2. Holy Spirit is referred like a dove, symbolizes the infinite gentleness and harmlessness of Jesus
    3. Sacrifice of the lowest level
    4. A fulfillment of Isaiah 42:1
  9. God the Father
    1. God approved the dedication of His son
  10. 40 days in the wilderness
    1. Tempted by Satan
    2. He was with the wild beasts
    3. Angels were ministering to Him
    4. Victory

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