Bible Study Lesson from Mark Begins: Chapter 1:1-8
In the beginning chapters of Mark, John the Baptist tells the people about the coming of Jesus Christ.
This Bible study lesson from Mark teaches us how we can also be prepared when the Savior comes to take us home.
Read the Scripture and apply it to your life today.
John the Baptist Announces Jesus – Preparing the People for Christ
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You,
Who will prepare Your way;
The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.’”
John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey.
And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.
I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” – Mark 1:1-8 NASB
John the Baptist Prepares the People for Jesus
Two thousand years ago this announcement was made by John the Baptist who told the people about the coming of the Messiah.
A Real Missionary
John was excited about this good news and wanted to tell all who would listen.
If we were this elated about our walk with Christ today how many would we tell about it?
What if all Christians were as excited as John the Baptist? These are some real questions to ask ourselves as we read and study this passage.
Not being one of the original twelve disciples, it is believed by many that Mark probably knew Jesus very well. Many scholars believe that the Last Supper was held in the upper room of Mark’s home.
The gospel he writes is quick and to the point and does not contain long, drawn out stories.
It follows Christ as a person of action who meant what He said. In other words, Jesus spoke with authority as is mentioned throughout the New Testament.
The main point of Mark’s writings is to tell Christians in Rome, as well as us, that Jesus is truly the Son of God.
The prophet who predicted the coming of John the Baptist and the announcement of the Messiah was written a few hundred years earlier.
Isaiah knew that Christ would come and he recorded his prophesy in Scripture. God kept His promise to Isaiah and sent Jesus Christ as the redeemer.
Then and Now
Yes, the news was big at that time in history but what about now?
The fact that God kept His promise means there is hope for us too! We only have to believe and ask Christ into our hearts in exchange for eternal life.
What news can we receive today bigger than this? Take a moment and think about it.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover more about the love and life-changing experience of knowing Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.
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