1 Mark


Dan McClure


Mark 1


This is a jam-packed chapter covering:

  • John the Baptist’s preaching “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with[e] water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
  • The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River – and the Trinity shows up!
  • Satan testing Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days
  • Jesus preaching the Good News in Galilee “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
  • Jesus calling His first disciples (all fishermen) to follow Him: Simon, Andrew, James, and John.
  • Jesus teaching with great authority in Synagogues while driving out demons.
  • The news about Jesus quickly spreading throughout Galilee, so much so that “the whole town gathered at the door “and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.” (verse 34)
  • After the major healing and casting of demons, Jesus when to pray in solitary.  After this prayer time He says, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
  • Jesus, filled with compassion, heals a man with Leprosy and tells him not to share with anyone rather to go and make an offering.  Instead, the healed man run off and spreads the news of his healing.
  • Because of the healings, Jesus is not even able to openly enter into towns and “yet the people still came to him from everywhere.”
  • Application

    There are so many applications I don’t even know where to begin.  I think what I am drawn to the most is observation #2 – The Trinity shows up!  Here is one place in the bible that demonstrates God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  I will actually use Mark 1 to explain the Trinity when people ask me about it.


    Father God, thank you so much for your living Word.  Thank you for revealing new stuff to me every time I open my bible.  You are an amazing God and I love you!  Amen.


    8 comments (Add your own)

    1. Karen Miller wrote:
    Dan, I agree that there are so many observations it is hard to know where to start. I think what really struck me today as I read Mark 1 was the rapid growth in numbers of people who are interested in Jesus. Once Jesus starts his ministry, he begins with four guys who are willing to follow him. When Jesus heals the guy with the unclean spirit, "Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee." Then after Peter's mom is healed, Jesus is no longer going out to the people, but the people are coming to Him. The chapter ends with the Leper giving testimony to what Jesus had done for him and the result is, "they were coming to Him from everywhere." May we, at Trinity, boldly preach the good news and share our testimonies. May our faithfulness to that call result in people from everywhere coming to Jesus.

    Wed, July 15, 2015 @ 4:29 AM

    2. Jim Asselin wrote:
    Thank you Dan
    I still get bugged by this - Why the command not to tell anyone about the miracle? In my thinking, Jesus would want everyone to spread the news quickly, after all, there was no mass communication back then, let's get efficient here! Jesus had to leave the open cities because of this man's disobedience - although I can't really blame him for being excited about it. Many people came to him simply for a miracle cure and never cared about his message of salvation. Did Jesus know this man was going to disobey? Of course he did. Then why bother with the strong warning in the first place? I guess I would ask why did God bother giving us the ten commandments if he knew we were going to disobey them? Jesus had a message to bring and a death to die for us all and his timing is perfect, he knew things had to fall into place in order to fulfill scripture - In Jn 7:8 Jesus says "You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.”
    Lord, help me not to focus on what makes sense to me, but what your will is. Help me not to run ahead of your plan and purpose and help me focused on your healing miracle of salvation instead of a one time miracle cure in my own life. May your kingdom come and your will be done.

    Wed, July 15, 2015 @ 7:30 AM

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