1:4a “John (the Baptist) appeared in the wilderness…
As we have seen in the previous verses John the Baptist did not just “appear” in the wilderness, he was called by God, and the prophet Isaiah prophesied of his “appearance” hundreds of years prior to his ministry, Jesus said of John, “that no one born among women was greater than John the Baptist, but those least in the Kingdom of Heaven are greater than him.” (Matt. 11:11) What??? The least of “Christians” are greater than one of the greatest “natural” men who have ever lived!!!
You mean me? Yeh, you, and all those washed in the blood and born of the Spirit, who are called sons and daughters of the Most High are greater than every “natural” man who ever lived!!! If that doesnt put a little swagger in your spiritual walk nothing will.
3. The voice of one crying out in the wilderness.”Prepare the way of the Lord, make His path straight”
Praise Jesus, In Proverbs 3:6 it is written, “In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your path straight”, the purpose of the Christian life is submitting to the Lord to prepare the way of the Lord. We are called to get ready, be a disciple, and make ready, make disciples (Mat.28:9), to prepare the way of the Lord. Are you the one? It only took one man, John the Baptist, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, to prepare the first coming of the Lord, could it be only one that prepares the way of the Lord for the second coming? Hebrews Chapter 11 tell of Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses all men of faith willing to go it alone to prepare the way of the Lord. Straight is the gate and few find it, (Mat. 7:14) are you one of the few.
2. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “Behold I send my messenger before you to prepare the way ahead of you.”
“As it is written” When Jesus was tempted by the Devil in Matt. 4:1-11 he responded, “As it is written”, three times he responded with, “As it is written” until the devil left Him. Jesus, the Son of God, used the Word of God to fight His battles with the enemy, so should we. We read that the Word of God is sharp as a double edge sword (Heb.4:12) and judges and discerns our heart. The word of God is alive, and eternal (Mat.24:35) Jesus, the Word made flesh (Jn. 1:14) the eternal Son of God used the Word of God to do spiritual battle and, “as it is written” so should we.
The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
We see in the very first verse of Mark, God lays down the gauntlet. “The beginning”, similar to the Creation account in Genesis, “In the beginning”. God was there “in the beginning”, all things come from God and proceed from God. God is before all things because He created all things. “The Gospel” also translated “good news” of Jesus Christ. What is the good news, Jesus. Jesus is the good news, He is the way, the truth and the life (Jn. 14:6) He is the resurrection and the life (Jn. 11:25) all things are through Him, by Him, and for Him (Rmns. 11:36). Him, Him ,Him, who is Him? Jesus Christ. We see God challenges and invalidates all other ways, truths and lives. “The Son of God” Jesus is the Son of God, God in the flesh, God incarnate. (Jn. 1:14). God becoming flesh to redeem mankind and undo what we have done to ourselves. To set us free from sin and death (Rmns. 8:2) to change us from children of darkness to children of light (Col. 1:13), to save us from the coming judgement upon the world (1Thes. 1:10) allowing us to dwell in everlasting righteousness and peace in the new heaven and new earth (Rev.21)
JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD IS THE GOOD NEWS