1 This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.[a] It began 2 just as the prophet Isaiah had written:
Well here we go, again I’m going through this with no commentaries, notes, study guides, sermons etc. I am trying to read it with eyes and spirit of reading it for the first time. Just me and the Holy Spirit. I’ve heard, I’ve preached so many sermons out of this book and I’m asking the Spirit to blind me of all my past thoughts, revelations etc….. I’m excited to do this again. 🙂
The author of this gospel is not certain – more than likely it was written by Mark who was a companion of Peter. Much of this is thought to be based on Peter’s sermons preached. There are always arguments as to who wrote what etc and bottom line it’s NOT that important, I mean it’s important as to what is written and how it became part of the Bible but that’s it. There are many Mark’s spoken about and was a very common name at the time. What does matter is that is lines up with rest of the Word.
The 1st chapter begins with “This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God” – It is NOT about John the Baptist, about anyone else…….it’s all about JESUS just as the entire Bible is! He makes the statement.
1. The Good News
2. Jesus the Messiah
3. Son of God
This sets the tone for the entire book we are about to dig into, it’s all about Jesus, who He is and why it’s the Good News.
He then quotes out of the book of Isaiah 40:3 – “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way.[b] 3 He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!
Why is it important to quote from the book the prophet Isaiah? The prophet Isaiah was written between 740-680 BC – The entire writings from the prophets, such as Isaiah was followed by the Jews for hundreds of years. They hung all they had on the Prophets of old. Here Mark is connecting what Isaiah spoke of hundreds of years ago, a word that they KNEW and UNDERSTOOD…..some 700 years later after he speaks it, it comes to pass EXACTLY as spoken. John the Baptist!! We know the inner story in all of this and it’s a great advantage to us, but they did not when this was written. The story of Mary and Elizabeth – the story how the angel gave Elizabeth a child…the miracle that took place………Mary and how it all came about… we know this story well so it’s easy to see and understand this scripture. But for the Jews when it was written this is another story! They could understand Isaiah 40:3 though……..Mark does a GREAT job connecting John, Jesus and the Prophet Isaiah.
We know the story of John the Baptist — a wild crazy looking man that at locust and wild honey – a man that preached repentance and baptism!! He literally prepared the way for Jesus. He prepared the hearts of people, He spoke of another one coming that he wasn’t even worthy of unlacing his sandals. John the Baptist USHERED in the presence of the living GOD! (I would have loved to sit in on the conversation between Jesus and John)
You can read the account of Elizabeth, Mary, John and Jesus in the book of Luke chapters 1-3
What about me? How does this relate to my life? Your life?
The Holy Spirit came to both Elizabeth and Mary and both of their husbands and spoke to them, gave them direction for their lives. This empowered them to move, walk and even run through all that they were going to face. ALL of it was hard, against the flesh and even very dangerous. BUT with the empowerment from the one and only True GOD they all walked with authority and power. Did was they were put on this earth to do.
Jesus came to the earth and established who He was, He paid the price died and rose again, then sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Empower us, give us direct for life, give us purpose and the power to walk through this life without fear. We have a PURPOSE and a REASON we are on this earth!!
Jesus is coming back again, that is a promise!!! We are all as Spirit-Filled believers here to prepare the way for Him, actually USHER Jesus in!! We are all to take on the ministry of John the Baptist – the “spirit of John the Baptist” and go out into the world and reflect Jesus as we become Christlike in our lives. Our purpose in the life is not money, careers, families or anything else…. NOW WITH THAT SAID all these things are important but all are secondary to being all that God created you to be!! He will position you in life to be the most effective, if he positions you in a circle of the wealthy, the glamorous, the “stars” then so be it, he trust you enough, if he positions you with the homeless, then he trust you enough…..and everything in between!
This life is for EVER PERSON on this earth!!! My lesson in life right now is:
HUMBLE MYSELF in every area of my life — become Christlike as I fall in love with Him – reflect His beauty to the world. I need nothing MORE!! Do I desire more? Of course I am human……..just like you.
Hope this makes sense to you as it does to me.