The Kingdom & the Cross
Text: Mark 1:1-20, Mark 10:32-33, Mark 15:37-39
In the gospel of Mark, Jesus Christ is our spiritual reconnection with God.
He is worthy of our attention
He is highly recommended by the OT prophets, and the voice of God himself
Jesus death and resurrection reconnects us with God by faith in his gospel
1. This is the time of year when millions of people take a ‘fresh look’ at Jesus through reading one of the gospels. How did Mark 1 give you a ‘fresh look’ at Jesus Christ? How might you prayerfully bring these insights into your week and have it shape your life this week?
2. Which of Mark’s emphases encouraged you to focus more on Jesus this week: Vs. 1/Mark’s announcement of the purpose for writing his gospel; His recommendation of Jesus from the prophets and John the Baptist (vs. 2-8) : ; Jesus experience at his baptism and the voice from heaven (vs. 9-11?)
3. Jesus began his public ministry proclaiming the gospel and the kingdom of God. (vs. 11-12, cf. 10:32-34). What would be 1-2 areas where gospel promises such as these encourage our faith to look to him again as Savior? What would be 1-2 claims Christ makes on those who identify with his Kingdom? What about Christ’s love and kingship encourages our faith to walk in manner worthy of him?
1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. (ESV)