Mark, the writer, is actually John Mark from Acts 12:12. He traveled with Paul and Barnabas (his cousin) on their first missionary journey. Peter knew the family well and it is supposed that he knew Mark well. Peter had Mark write down his memoirs concerning his walk with Jesus, a story Mark had probably heard many times over the thirty years that had passed. They were in Rome at the writing of this Gospel, and Peter would not leave Rome–in the flesh. He was executed soon thereafter.
Peter tells what happened and includes lots of “discoveries” about Jesus. Even though Peter didn’t know that he was talking about himself in this next verse, he is included in its category, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20-21.
When compared to the other Gospels, which were written later, we find that Peter didn’t dictate everything in order, but how he remembered them. So, don’t get hung up on the “when” of events. Just know that they happened. Folks, WE ARE READING A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF JESUS!
Let Us Begin:
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.’”
Mark begins with the introduction of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah, SON OF GOD. He got that straight right away! He then quoted a passage that every Jew knew to be Messianic, Malachi 3:1. John the Baptist is referred to by Jesus as Elijah (Matthew 11:14), which makes Malachi 4:5-6 about John the Baptist–the last words of God to His people before He went silent for 400+ years–then John the Baptist came!
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Best verse: Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. WE are baptized with the Holy Spirit!
May we revel in the fact that Christ lives/dwells/rules in our hearts through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank Him for such a great salvation!