Reflections on Mark 1 – Good News!
Mark gets right to the ministry of Jesus in this account. He confirms Jesus in the second verse by the prophecy of Isaiah 40:3, saying it began just as Isaiah wrote. John the Baptist announced His coming, and Jesus is the one John spoke of; Jesus is Messiah. John baptised Jesus; Jesus saw the heavens open and heard God’s voice as he came up out of the water, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy,” (:11). John prepared the way, and was arrested as Jesus took the lead.
Jesus invites Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew to, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their fishing nets to follow Him (:16-18). Soon thereafter Jesus calls James and John (sons of Zebedee). They went to Carpernaum and Jesus amazed people by teaching with authority, casting out evil spirits, healing many including the mother-in-law of Simon (Peter).
Jesus preached and healed people, restricting the demons from speaking – they were well aware of who Jesus was and what He was setting out to accomplish.
Beloved, take hold of verse :35 “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” Jesus is LORD, and He takes time to get quiet with God and pray. How is your prayer life? Do you have a habit of seeking a quiet place to pray? Let Jesus be your example.
Now read and meditate on Mark 2.