Do you like writing letters or short stories? Mark writes his Gospel description of Jesus in an exciting way that is action packed. It is considered that young Mark gained his information about Jesus through the apostle Peter. Mark’s opening lines are clear about who Jesus is. Then Mark quotes the prophet Isaiah that there would be someone coming from the desert. Mark then tells us about the unique character from the desert, John the Baptist, who points people to Jesus. Read the following verses from Mark.
This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. His clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!” Mark 1:1-8. NLT.
Mark was humble as was John the Baptist. Their testimonies point us to the importance of Jesus. The challenge for us today is to live humble lives and to remain in relationship with Jesus. Many people have made a commitment to follow Jesus but sadly some forget Him by becoming distracted with well-meaning diversions. Commit your lives to following Jesus today.