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Our reading from Mark 1:1-8 is very brief. The Evangelist Mark is known for his short version of the Gospel. However, even all that is said within the sixteen chapters of Mark’s Gospel is just a beginning (v. 1). God’s work through Jesus’ teaching, death, and resurrection is just the start of what the Lord has done. It’s only a taste. Mark, and, for that matter, all of Christianity, is aware that God has certainly not taken any vacations. He has been hard at work from the time of creation until the present.
As we walk through Mark’s Gospel during this year we will see Mark’s attitude that God is always at work. There’s nothing that happens or doesn’t happen in this world outside of God’s gracious care. We’ll see the Lord’s hand of provision. We’ll see that He is the one who sets up situations to show His glory. We’ll see that he is the one who fills His people with the Holy Spirit (v. 8).
How do we expect to see God moving? It should always be within the parameters of God’s character as disclosed in the Gospel. Here we will see Jesus as the Lord of forgiveness. We will see Jesus as the Lord whose coming provokes us to confession of our sin. We will see that Jesus is the one who can conquer sin and death. We will see that Jesus is the one we need to look for, and that He is right where he promises to be, among His people who look to Him in faith.
Here the Gospel begins.
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