Day 1: Jesus, Messiah

Mark 1:1 (NIV) – “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.”

“Mark here introduces the primary purpose of his Gospel: to tell the world about Jesus Messiah, Son of God. He is a prophet yet more than a prophet. He is God’s promised Messiah, the anointed Son who has been sent into this world to sacrifice himself for the salvation of humankind…He is the unique Son who himself is very God and, as God, brings final salvation into this evil world” [Osborne, Grant. Mark, Teach the Commentary]

“What is being declared is the beginning of good news which is centered on a person, Jesus, Messiah, Son of God.  This good news, captured in the word ‘gospel’ is focused and simple: Jesus is coming!  And that is the same message for us today, whatever the circumstances of life or society are, whatever the trajectory of recent events are, good news!  God himself is coming, God himself is here, right here, right now – and that means everything from here on out will be completely different.  This good news is not merely informative or inspiring, it is transformative and penetratingly so, from God to us.” [P. Brian’s message]

Prayer: Father, thank you for the good news of Jesus, Messiah who came to give us salvation and new life! We believe your good news today and are eager to hear it and speak it and live in it with our whole heart today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “God Is Coming” by Martin Smith (click here).