Mark 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”
“…‘the beginning of the gospel’. The phrase…signals two important things. First, God is initiating something new here…Second, the ‘beginning’ of a narrative implies a middle and an end. There is an ongoing aspect to this story…” [Strauss, Mark. Mark, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament]
“The greatest news is that Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God is coming. And then Mark quotes three Scriptures which span the scope of this expectation from past, future, and present. But what he’s getting at is that this good news is past, present, and future. It’s good news that God was at work the whole time, is at work right now, and is at work getting us ready for the future.” [Adapted from P. Nate’s message]
Prayer: Father, how wonderful that your good news is past, present, and future. We thank you for what you have already done, welcome what you are doing today, and look forward, in hope, to your good news to come. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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