October 20, 2017
Read: Mark 1:1-13
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Scripture- Mark 1:1 “This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Observations- It’s interesting to see the way each Gospel begins. Mathew and Luke took more time for the prelude; John put his explanatory style right up front, while Mark went straight to the point, presenting a pragmatic style that is evident in his entire account. His gospel is basically a collection of the sayings and miracles of Jesus and by the way, scholars say it was used as a blueprint for the other two synoptic gospels (Matthew and Luke). It is pretty obvious that Mark did not take much time or interest in weaving the facts; he just told them.
Application- I believe this is a very sensitive point in Christianity nowadays. Explanations of the “Good News” have become so dense and customized that have obscured its good-ness and new-ness. Dancing to the beat of modern drums, Christian theology has often tried to rationalize God’s supernatural Power and measure His unmeasurable Love. But Mark’s introductory words are both refreshing and foundational. Without any rational pretention, he is simply calling us to EMBRACE and ENJOY the Good News that Jesus, our deliverer, is the Son of God. As we live out this faith in the twenty-first century, let us remember that God counts on us to keep His amazing story fresh and relevant.
Prayer- Lord Jesus, help us not only embrace but also enjoy your kingdom. Give us dynamism and creativity to make you known. In your Name we pray, AMEN!