The beginning of the gospel in Mark 1 video discussion

The gospel lectionary reading for the Second Sunday in Advent in this Year B is Mark 1.1–8. This is a slightly odd choice, since in a few weeks’ time, for Epiphany Sunday, we will be reading Mark 1.4–11, which goes on to include the brief account of Jesus’ baptism.

But this opening of the gospel has a remarkable impact—it is like a firework show going off in front of us, as Mark introduces this ‘life’ of Jesus with a powerful collection of biblical references. This ‘beginning’ is in some sense the beginning of the end—the fulfilment of all God’s promises to his people. John is introduced as a powerful eschatological figure—who then stoops in humility (and worship?) to the one who comes after him.

Join Ian and James as they discuss these fascinating issues, and their implications for both our preaching and our discipleship.

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3 thoughts on “The beginning of the gospel in Mark 1 video discussion”

  1. “Oh, thaw thy heart every morning with a meditation of pardon, and sin will not so easily freeze it in the day-time.”

    —Puritan Stephen Charnock.

  2. Thankyou Ian and James for this introduction to Mark’s Gospel.
    The key word for me is “the beginning of the Gospel”
    I like Oswald Chambers thoughts on the beginnings of the Gospel and it’s subsequent developments “Jesus was always presenting nuggets of gold which his disciples hammered out into negotiation- able coin.”

    This is the beginning of the reformation Heb 9:10 the act of making an improvement, especially by changing a person’s behaviours or the structure of something: For example, “He’s undergone something of a reformation – he’s a changed man.
    On the setting of the Jordan; Joshua on bringing the people to the Jordan
    said this is a* New way* you have not passed *This Way* before” this *miraculous way* suggest Keil and Delitzch.
    Repentance is a new beginning; it is not just a case of
    saying a confessional soreee! but a thorough amendment of life. 2 Cor 7:11. Acts 20:21
    And of course, as you rightly point out Baptism is a death of the old life and the resurrection of a new abundant life, old things and behaviours are passed away, and a new disposition imparted, an entirely new creation is born.
    Of the baptism of the Holy Spirit there is a new disposition and a new dynamic.
    As to prophets, ah, says Moses, “would that all His people were prophets!”
    We cease to be a prophetic church when we fail to prepare The Way for Jesus to be encountered. Repent and be baptized. 2 Cor 7:10 & 2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Not just to faith or “join the family of the church” but become members of the Household of Faith.

  3. I dont understand how atheists like Bart Ehrman refuse to see the divinity of Jesus being clearly referred to by Mark in the very first chapter of his Gospel, given his quote from the OT.

    For years Ehrman insisted that only John explicitly taught that Jesus was divine, and only relatively recently has he accepted that Mark does too, but in a much lesser sense. Yet to me this 1st chapter in Mark couldnt be any more explicit.


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