Conversations With Jesus #01; Why We Need To Talk To Jesus - Mark 1:1-11
Mark, the writer of this Gospel, was a teenager when Jesus was on earth. He wasn’t an apostle but did know Jesus as he was the “young man” in Mark 14 who ran & hid when they arrested Christ. His mother was named Mary and they lived in Jerusalem. In fact, it was his house that the church was praying in when Peter was released from jail (Acts 12:12).
He begins by stating this was the start of the good news that Jesus, the Son of God had come. We forget that before Christ, even believers/followers of God knew that upon death, they wouldn’t go to heaven but to Hades or Sheol, called Abraham’s bosom, and there they’d wait until the Messiah came. Imagine…
Mark picks up the story with John the Baptist coming on the scene in 26A.D. I imagine Mark remembered, as a teen, hearing about this old fashioned prophet preaching down by the river Jordan on how everyone needed to repent for the Messiah was coming.
Mark & his friends likely enjoyed John’s preaching against the corrupt government & the self-righteous Pharisees. John must’ve impressed Mark, for only he writes these details in vs 6. But Mark now knew who John was preaching about & quickly shifts his attention to Jesus by telling us what John said in vs 7.
Mankind needs to talk to Jesus for lots of reasons & several are given in this passage of Mark’s Gospel.
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