Mark 1: 1-8
The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” “a voice of one crying in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”
And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgivenesses of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the River Jordan. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate wild locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me will come more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Mark begins by recording the fulfillment of the words spoken hundreds of years earlier by the prophet Isaiah concerning the promise of salvation with the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This fulfillment begins with the promised messenger, John the Baptist as a voice of one crying in the wilderness to prepare the way for the Lord, to make the paths straight for the Son. (Mark also noted the resemblance of John the Baptist to the description of Elijah found in 2 Kings 1:8.) John was well received by the people as he preached repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. They were baptized in the River Jordan. John’s message was that he was unworthy and only baptized with water, but the mightier One was coming who would baptize with the Holy Spirit.
What a privilege to have lived in that time of revealing the mystery of the Old Testament. Even more of a privilege for us today to have the recorded word from creation, the life, death, resurrection of Jesus Christ to the prophecies of Jesus Christ coming again!
Father thank you for your recorded word of faith to lead us to the forgiveness of our sins and the privilege of growing in Jesus Christ filled with your Holy Spirit to be your messengers of salvation and hope for our world today. Awaken us to prepare the way for Christ, to make straight the paths for his return. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.