Mark 1: 1-8 Intro 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way; 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight.’” 4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 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. 6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. 7 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. 8 I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1: 1-8 Let’s talk about this who Mark was who wrote this true story about Jesus. We are pretty sure Mark’s mom was the lady who opened her home to Jesus and His disciples on the Passover just before he was arrested and crucified. He was a young man at that time–possible even a teenager. It is also possible that he was the young man who followed Jesus and the disciples to the garden where Jesus was arrested–Mark 14: 51-52 “51 A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. 52 But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.” So he most likely knew Jesus and knew the disciples and grew up in a believing family. But then–don-ta-dantaaa He was going with the apostle Paul and his friend Barnabas to witness to the Gentiles, but he left the group. Acts 15: 36-39 “36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.” Mark was young and had some issues which Paul did not need to deal with, but Barnabas was in a position to help him and he did. Lesson–there are sometimes in our lives when we need to back off from someone and let another work with them. Later in Paul’s ministry here is what he said about Mark–2 Timothy 4–like Paul’s very last good and his last words!!! 11 Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.” Total restoration of the relationship!!! Application—we may have those who are close to us but our relationship has gone bad—but it is never to late to seek the Lord to restore and heal what has gone wrong!!! And then Mark went on to be Peter’s friend and to write this amazing true book about our Lord Jesus!!! What happened to Mark–how did he die? We have it on tradition and very good tradition that Mark went to Egypt and if fact throughout the ages the Egyptian christians have said that Mark came and brought Christianity there. there are signs around that Mark visited certain places, but in the persecution which came with the Roman Emperor Nero-a really, really, really bad guy–it is believed that Mark was martyred for the faith but being dragged to death perhaps by horses around AD 68. So we will begin with Mark 1: 1-8 next week!!!

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