Summary: After introducing us to John the Baptist, Mark then moves quickly into presenting Jesus as the Servant on the Move! We see in these verses 3 snapshots of Jesus’ life up until the time that he began His public ministry in Galilee.
The Gospel of Mark #2 – “1st Impressions of the Servant”
1. They say, “You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression!”
2. ILL – A convenience store manager in Allston, MA related the following story. “I’m in the store office. From the camera screens, I can see a young man shoplifting. I hit the record button, gathering evidence as he goes around the store. He is putting things into his pocket, jacket, etc…He next comes up to the back of the store, and knocks on the door to my office. I put the chain on the door before opening it. He then said, “Hi. I’m Jason. I’m here for the job interview.” What a first impression!
3. We learned last week that Mark presents Jesus as the Servant & in this passage we get our 1st glimpse or impression of who Jesus the Servant is & what He does.
4. Mark 1:2-15 (read)
5. Mark introduces his gospel with a section on the forerunner of Christ – John the Baptist. John’s story is told in all 4 gospels & his coming was predicted in Isa. 40:3 & Mal. 4:5.
6. It is important to understand what we mean when we call John the forerunner of Christ.
7. EXPLAIN – In ancient times, kings often sent people ahead of them to prepare the way for their coming. The forerunner had 2 primary duties. 1st, he was to make certain that the roads were passable. There were to be no delays when the king passed through. He was to have a clear, open route through the kingdom. 2nd, the forerunner was let the people know that the king was coming. He was to go along the route before the king came through and he was to tell the people to get ready for the king.
8. John the Baptist fulfilled both duties seen in the ancient forerunner. He prepared people to receive Christ by preaching repentance from sin & faith toward God & he pointed clearly to the fact that Jesus was in fact the Messiah.
9. John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
10. Application – Jesus is coming soon! Like John we are to be the forerunners who are preparing the way of the Lord & proclaiming the truth of His soon return!
11. After introducing us to John the Baptist, Mark then moves quickly into presenting Jesus as the Servant on the Move!
12. We see in these verses 3 snapshots of Jesus’ life up until the time that he began His public ministry in Galilee.
I. The Baptism of the Servant – Vs. 2-11
There is some confusion about baptism today. Baptism has always been closely associated with identifying with a religion or a person’s teachings, etc…
*Explain – During this time, baptism was practiced by many religious sects. In fact, when a Gentile converted to Judaism, one of his first acts of conversion was being baptized to identify the fact that he was now following the God of the Jews.
*Even in Christian baptism, we are identifying with the death, burial & resurrection of Christ & publicly stating that we want to be His disciple!