Mark: written to Roman Christians in Rome @55-65 AD
–Setting: Nero start of persecution of Christians
Ch 1 Gospel: εὐαγγελίζω/ euangelizō
–Son of God, Mal 3:1, Isa 40:3, John, God, HS
- good news, new birth of ruler, Messiah
–Ch 8:29 Peter’s confession
–Ch 15: 39 Centurion’s confession
1. Announced by John the Baptizer 1: 2-8
Mark 1:2-8 (NIV)
2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"--
3 "a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"
4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
6 John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7 And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."