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Mark 1:1 Commentary - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

PART I. THE SERVANT; WHO HE IS AND HOW HE CAME

Chapter 1:1-13

1. The Servant, the Son of God. (Mar 1:1.)

2. His coming promised and announced. (Mar 1:2-8. Mat 3:1-11; Luk 3:1-18; Joh 1:19-30.)

3. The Servant comes forth. (Mar 1:9-11. Mat 3:13-17; Luk 3:21-22; Joh 1:31-34.)

4. The Servant in the wilderness. (Mar 1:12-13. Mat 4:1-11; Luk 4:1-13.)

1. The Servant, the Son of God. Mar 1:1.

No other Gospel begins in this way. The Deity of our Lord is first of all emphasized. Nothing is said about the virgin birth, nor is a genealogy given. The miraculous birth is most fully brought out in Luke’s Gospel, the Gospel of our Lord’s humanity. No genealogy appears in Mark; a servant does not need such. Nor do we find Bethlehem mentioned, or the event which is characteristic to the Gospel of Matthew, the visit of the wise men, seeking the newborn King of the Jews. All these and other matters are omitted because they do not fall within the scope and purpose of the Gospel of Mark. The Servant is the Son of God. This great truth is fully attested by His obedience in always doing the will of Him that sent Him and by His mighty miracles which accompanied His loving service. If He were not the Son of God He could not have rendered the perfect service. Sonship and Service always go together. Only a Son of God can be a servant of God. Grace makes us, if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, sons of God. True service for God is the result of the enjoyment Of our son place in Christ Jesus. A deeper realization and enjoyment of our sonship will be followed by a more obedient and constant service. The Gospel of John gives the fullest witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Joh 20:31). The Gospel of Mark shows that He is the Son of God by His wonderful character as the Servant.

2. His Coming promised and announced. Mar 1:2-8.

Prophets promised His Coming (Mal 3:1). The passage proves Him to be Jehovah. In Malachi we read that Jehovah says “he shall prepare the way before Me.” The Spirit of God changes the “Me” to “Thy Face.” The servant is none other than Jehovah, who spoke to the Prophets. Isa 40:3 is likewise quoted. Here too we find the same testimony that Jesus the Servant is Jehovah. “Prepare ye the way of Jehovah.”

The account of the ministry of John the Baptist is the briefest in the Gospel of Mark. A few sentences only describe his testimony in the wilderness and his person. All the land of Judea and they of Jerusalem went out to him. The baptism of John in the river of Jordan was the outward sign of repentance. They confessed their sins. A comparison with the record of the Baptist’s ministry in Matthew, Luke and John is very instructive. In Mark all the preaching of John concerning the state of the nation is omitted, for the Holy Spirit describes in Mark John’s ministry only as a necessary preliminary to introduce the Servant and His ministry. Of the baptism which Christ is to bring Mark mentions “the Holy Spirit;” “and with fire” is left out. The fire baptism is His judgment work stated in Matthew and Luke. Christ as the humble Servant does not execute judgment, but the coming King (Matthew) and the Son of Man coming again (Luke) will judge and burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.

3. The Servant comes forth. Mar 1:9-11

The Servant appears to begin His service. From Nazareth of Galilee He came forth. There too during the hidden years He had served. The Servant was absolutely sinless and yet He was baptized in Jordan. He showed His perfect willingness to take, in obedience to the Father’s will, the sinner’s place in death. In Mar 1:10 the word “straightway” is found for the first in Mark. It is the characteristic word of this Gospel describing the promptness of His service. The anointing by the reception of the Spirit follows. In Matthew we read “heaven was opened unto Him.” In Luke, “heaven was opened.” In Mark “He saw the heavens opened.” Encouraging sight for Him, who had taken the lowest place! All God’s servants need the vision of this opened heavens. The Father’s voice proclaimed Him then as His beloved Son.

4. The Servant in the Wilderness. Mar 1:12-13

Upon this He was driven immediately into the wilderness to be tempted of Satan. His fitness to be the Servant to minister and give His life for a ransom was fully proven in His victorious conflict. The different temptations are not reported by Mark; they belong to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, where we find them. But here we have a statement which is peculiar to Mark. “And was with the wild beasts.” It tells of his deep humiliation. Moses and Elijah were in the wilderness being prepared for service. David also had been alone in the solitary places. None, however, was in the place which He took, whose eternal abode was the Father’s bosom. The wilderness and the wild beasts are the witnesses of a marred creation; the mighty Creator had come in the form of the creature to meet and overcome under such conditions the fallen being, Satan. Some have taught that He was in danger of being attacked by the wild beasts. This was impossible (Psa 91:9-13).

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