THE GOSPEL OF MARK

THE GOSPEL OF MARK

                                                                    Chapter 1
v1 – The beginning of the gospel
-the beginning – this is the start of the gospel being preached & not the start of Mark’s book
a. the gospel was revealed through John the Baptist
b. gospel means good news
c. the good news is all about Jesus Christ
Jesus – means Jehovah saved
Christ – means anointed One – the word Messiah comes from this word
Jesus Christ is the Son of God – this means Jesus is God
vs2-3 as it is written in the prophets – this refers to Isaiah 40:3 in there OT
-written 700 years before it came to pass
I send – speaks of a commission from God
Your face – a personal eye to eye meeting
Prepare the way – get people ready for the return of the lord
-the church is the John the Baptists of today
v3 – VOICE – sharing about Jesus is verbal
one – it only takes one voice
crying – means to shout out loud and speaks of a strong high voice
-being filled with passion and heart
-having a spiritual purpose behind everything that we do
wilderness – a desolate dry place
-this speaks of Israel being in a spiritual wilderness
prepare the way of the Lord & make His paths straight – this is a command to be obeyed at once
-this is straightening out one’s life
v4 – John – means the Lord is gracious
John did 2 things:
    1. came baptizing – speaks of a new era coming into existence
-baptize – means to overwhelm; submerge; to be fully wet
     2. came preaching – a herald preceding someone who is important
-repentance – means to change your mind
-remission of sin – is forgiveness of sins
v5 – there was a steady stream of people coming out to see Jesus
went out to Him – this is continually
confessing their sins – saying the same thing the lord and His Word said about sin
v6 – Johns Dress
-a coat of camel hair sown together
-John lives a simple life and did not need a lot of stuff
Johns Food
Live locusts baked and seasoned
honey – this is real honey from bees….sold in the marketplace in Jerusalem by Bedouins
v7 – ONE – means “THE ONE”
Jesus is the only One who can save us
Mightier – means more forceful…stronger…powerful
-John was pointing to Jesus Christ
I am not worthy – John was saying that he was lower than a slave
v8 – Jesus will baptize people in the Holy Spirit
Awakening – a revival of interest in spiritual matters/an act of waking up
To have an awakening we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues
1.Jesus baptizes people in the Holy Spirit
-this Biblical experience then is of God
-then the Lord wants everyone to have this spiritual experience
       OT Picture of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
1. a Double portion of the Holy Spirit – 2 Kings 2:9-15
-this is a person being born again and receiving the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor 6:19-20
-this is a person receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues – Acts 2:1-4