Mark 1:1–8 (ESV)
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’ ”
4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness
and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s
hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water,
but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Gospel of Mark was written around AD 50-60, by John Mark. The purpose of Mark’s Gospel is to show that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Mark doesn’t waste any time establishing this point. In verse 1, he states “Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” The next two verses are quoting Old Testament prophecy that has been fulfilled... thus proving that Jesus Christ is the
Son of God. Mark moves straight to John the Baptist who is the forerunner of Jesus, who prepares the way. Mark does not beat around the bush, his Gospel is the shortest Gospel, he gets right to the point.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be direct and clear in proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Help me to never proclaim Jesus in a confusing way, but to be direct and to the point. Amen.