Unlimited: The Messenger
Feb 1, 2024 1770
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way— a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him’ (Mark 1:1-3, NIV).
The Gospel of Mark starts with a messenger. Without a messenger, there can be no good news.
Mark presents Jesus as a dynamic man of power. Everything in Mark happens quickly and dramatically. Unlike some of the other gospel writers, Mark has no time for things like genealogies and stories about the nativity. His story about Jesus begins like this…
The first thing Mark tells us is who the gospel is about.
It’s the good news about Jesus.
After that, Mark starts with a quotation from the prophet Isaiah, which refers to a messenger who would prepare the way for the Lord.
Usually, royalty would send a servant ahead of them to announce their coming and to prepare the road ahead. This is why Mark presents Jesus this way.
He also tells us, right upfront the identity of the One who is coming. Mark quotes from Isaiah 40, and the people knew that particular passage. It told them that the One who would come was the Lord God Himself.
In the Gospel of Mark, the first one to speak is the messenger who prepares people to meet Jesus. Could you too be a messenger?
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: This presents you with a challenge. Are you willing to be a messenger for Jesus? Think of someone you know who needs to know Jesus. Make a plan to introduce them to the Lord.