Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor at the Northeast Kansas Lutheran Partnership, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Mark 1:1.
Although Mark’s Gospel account is shorter than the other three, the Word that the Holy Spirit inspired him to write must not be overlooked. Mark is mentioned often in the book of Acts and epistles of the New Testament as a companion and coworker of Paul and a son of Peter. It is likely this connection to Peter and the apostle’s preaching that led Mark to write the Gospel that bears his name. He probably wrote it in Romer after Matthew and Luke had written their Gospel accounts. Mark structures his Gospel account around three key confessions of Jesus as the Son of God: by himself in the very first verse, by the Father’s voice at the Transfiguration, and by the centurion upon Jesus’ death. Mark wants us to see Jesus as the Son of God as the One who was crucified for us. Mark often uses the word “immediately” to move us toward those scenes which highlight that truth, particularly in the deeds and miracles of Jesus. The first verse of this Gospel account serves to introduce all these themes, as the Evangelist plainly lays out that he is writing concerning the good news about Jesus, the God who has come to save as the One anointed for crucifixion in the place of sinners.
“The Gospel in Action” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Gospel according to St. Mark. The Evangelist hits the ground running with the very first verse of his Gospel account, and he never lets up the pace. As one deed of Jesus comes right after another, always paired with His authoritative Word, St. Mark proclaims the good news that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed conclusively by His death on the cross.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[a]
- Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.