Grace to You

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We come now to Mark chapter 6 in our wonderful trip through the gospel, the story of the Lord's life from Mark, from his perspective and we arrive at verse 14 in chapter 6. And we're going to be looking at verses 14 to 29 which is a fascinating incident. It is the account of the execution of John the Baptist, the forerunner to the Messiah and the last Old Testament prophet and the man of whom Jesus said, "He was the greatest man who ever lived up until his time." The greatest man...the greatest prophet of all before Christ. This is the story of His execution.

And by the way, it is the only account in the gospel of Mark that is not about Jesus. Every other account is about our Lord Himself. This alone, an account of someone else, not just anyone, but John the Baptist, not only the forerunner of our Lord but His cousin. The story is a riveting story, to put it mildly.

Before we look at the story, just a little bit of background. If you go through the Old Testament and look at the history of Israel, come in to the New Testament and continue to follow the history of Israel and then bring it up to the very hour in which we live, you would realize that this is the most privileged people in human history. Why? Because they were chosen by God to be the recipients of divine revelation. To them what was given the Scripture, the Covenants, they were adopted as God's special people, to them were sent the prophets, to them the gospel was first preached. It is the Jews whom God used to write the Old Testament and to write the New Testament. This is a great privilege....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry... gty.org

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