• The Second Evangelist

    Mark 1:1

    Take some time today to skim Mark’s gospel and the outline of Jesus’ life that it tells. Pick one or two passages to consider more carefully and reflect on what they say about the Son of God and His mission ...Read More

  • The Voice in the Wilderness

    Mark 1:1–8

    As important as he was in God’s plan of salvation, John the Baptist was called not to exalt himself but to point to the Savior. That is our task today. As many have said, we are just “poor beggars telling ...Read More

  • The Fulfillment of Prophecy

    Mark 1:2-3

    Many believers neglect to study the Old Testament because they find it confusing or because they assume that it is less important to the Christian faith than the New Testament. As Mark’s gospel shows us, however, this is not the ...Read More

  • The Wilderness Preacher

    Mark 1:4-6

    Jesus’ message to the Jews, and by extension to all people, is the same as John’s: Men and women can have a place in God’s kingdom only if they repent of their sins and turn to the Lord alone for ...Read More

  • The Forerunner’s Message

    Mark 1:7-8

    The contrast between John’s water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit also points to the fact that water baptism is insufficient if it is merely an outward rite that is not accompanied by true faith. What really matters ...Read More

  • Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan

    Mark 1:9-11

    Jesus not only died for us; He also lived for our sake. His death on the cross is meaningless without His perfect life of obedience that qualifies Him as the spotless Lamb of God and attains the righteousness for believers ...Read More

  • The Kingdom Inaugurated

    Mark 1:12–13

    In our justification, God the Father counts us as righteous in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21), which means that He reckons us as having fulfilled the demands given to Israel and to Adam (this is what Jesus did as our ...Read More

  • Tempted in the Wilderness

    Mark 1:12-13

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes how Jesus’ victory over temptation in the wilderness would have been particularly relevant to first-century Christians. They faced persecution and death for holding firm to their confession, and in Jesus they ...Read More

  • Jesus Preaches the Gospel

    Mark 1:14-15

    The gospel is not a message that “you can have your best life now”; that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”; or that you must “ask Jesus into your heart.” Some of these statements ...Read More

  • Jesus Calls His First Disciples

    Mark 1:16-20

    God has called elders, teachers, and other Christian leaders to be fishers of men—to prepare men and women for judgment day by calling them to repentance and instructing them in biblical truth. However, while ordained church officers have a ...Read More

  • Teaching with Authority

    Mark 1:21-22

    Jesus is often regarded as a good teacher, but as many Christian apologists have noted, we insult Christ if we view Him as merely a good teacher. Our Lord was not simply a wise moral philosopher; rather, He spoke with ...Read More

  • Healings in Capernaum

    Mark 1:29-34

    Several biblical texts show us God’s sovereignty in revealing Himself. Our Creator does not show Himself on demand; rather, He chooses to reveal Himself and His purposes when He sees fit. This happened during Jesus’ ministry when He would not ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Jesus’ Ministry

    Mark 1:35-39

    If Jesus, who is the Son of God incarnate, found it so necessary to pray, shouldn’t we also pray? Fellowship with the Lord in prayer is an absolute necessity if we will be sustained in life and ministry over the ...Read More

  • The Disobedient Leper

    Mark 1:40-45

    Our Lord’s grace and compassion is also seen in His reaction to the leprous man. Some manuscripts of Mark 1:41 state that Jesus was moved by anger, not pity. Dr. R.C. Sproul explains our Lord’s anger: “He was ...Read More