The Beginning of the Good News
Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
They say that no news is good news. But really no news is only good news if you get bad news that you wish you didn’t receive; then you feel like you were better off not knowing the bad news.
But Mark starts his gospel with “the beginning of the good news about Jesus,” I like that. The beginning of the good news means that there is more to come. Just as in our relationship with Christ and considering we have an eternity with Him, this is just the beginning of the good news about Jesus for you and for me.
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