READ : Mark 1:1–13
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. (v. 1)
Mark begins his gospel with a statement of purpose. He is going to present for us the gospel or “good news” of Jesus of Nazareth. To understand why this is good news we must go back to the Old Testament. You will recall the events in the Garden of Eden where man fell into sin. Sin did not stop there, but only increased.
God’s own people were sinful. They were rebellious and turned their backs on God. God sent his messengers to bring them back to himself, but to no avail. Finally, he permitted them to be carried away as captives. Sin, sorrow, and suffering was their lot and they longed for deliverance. Through his prophets God promised a Redeemer, a Savior, and God’s people looked to the day of his coming.
Mark’s good news is that the promised one has come! God has sent his only Son into the world to redeem man from his sin. Mark will tell of the Redeemer’s earthly life, his death, and his resurrection.
The wonderful thing about all of this is that it is still “good news.” The world still lives in sin, in sorrow, and in suffering. We have the “good news” for the world in our day. It has not changed. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Hear it and proclaim it! (originally published March 1, 1963)
Thank you, God, for the good news of Christ our Savior. We pray that you will use us to spread the good news. Amen.