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.”
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.
Posted on Wed, July 15, 2015
by Brian Landers