Category Archives: John the Baptist

IN THE BEGINNING

In the ministry of Jesus, the kingdom of God arrived as announced by John the Baptist Mark 1:1-3.

The gospel of Mark begins with a declaration from the Hebrew Bible that sets the stage for the messianic mission of Jesus Christ. Thus, it opens on a distinct note of fulfillment. Jesus is the promised Messiah of Israel, and with the appearance of John, the long-awaited “season of fulfillment” has begun.

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COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

To be a disciple means taking up the cross daily and following in Christ’s footsteps, even if doing so means death Mark 6:7-30.

Jesus commissioned the twelve disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God throughout the region. And in Mark, their commissioning is followed by the execution of John the Baptist to prepare the reader for the rejection that will result from following Jesus. To walk in his footsteps, one must first count the cost to have any hope of seeing that journey through to the end.

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ARREST AND ADVANCE

SYNOPSIS – Jesus began to announce the arrival of the kingdom of God following the arrest of John the Baptist– Mark 1:14-15

Jesus did not begin to proclaim the impending Kingdom of God until after the arrest of John the Baptist. This was indicative of the opposition and adversity that would characterize his ministry. At the time, the region of Palestine consisted of three territories – Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. The latter was the largest and covered most of northern Palestine. Galilee had a mixed population of Jews and Gentiles.

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VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS

John arrived in Judea to prepare the way for the Messiah and to herald the Good News of the Kingdom Mark 1:4-8.

All four gospels apply the same passage from Isaiah to John the Baptist. He was sent to summon all of Israel to repent “for the remission of sins” in preparation for the Messiah’s arrival and the Kingdom of God, and all this was in fulfillment of key messianic promises in the Hebrew Bible.

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the Anointed King

SYNOPSIS – As the Messiah of Israel, Jesus is the quintessential Man of the Spirit anointed to rule on the Davidic Throne – Psalm 2:2.

The second Psalm is a messianic prophecy about the ideal king of Israel who was destined to sit on the throne of David. The Psalmist labeled him “Yahweh’s anointed,” “my king upon holy Zion,” and “my son.” His enthronement marked “the day Yahweh has begotten you.” This “anointed one” was designated by God as the king of Israel, the “ruler of the kings of the earth,” and the “son” of Yahweh.

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