We come now to the gospel of Mark. Open your Bible, if you will, to the first chapter of Mark...the first chapter of Mark. And we are going to read for you the opening eight verses, and then we're going to look at them this morning. Mark chapter 1 and verse 1.
“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God as it is written in Isaiah the prophet, ‘Behold, I send My messenger ahead of you who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.”
“John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea was going out to him and all the people of Jerusalem and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins. John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and his diet was locusts and wild honey. And he was preaching and saying, ‘After me, one is coming who is mightier than I and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. I baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.'” Thus does Mark begin his history of the Lord Jesus Christ, drawn from his time spent with the beloved Apostle Peter who was the human source of his information. Of course, superintended and guided by the Holy Spirit so that when he wrote, he wrote under divine inspiration...