Mark 1:1 Commentary - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann
The Ministry of John the Baptist. Mar 1:1-8
The superscription of the Gospel:
v. 1. The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
It is characteristic of the evangelist's nature, which expresses itself in his style of writing, that he loses no time in preliminary discussions and long introductions. He has a message, the one great message for all men of all times. And it sets the limits and boundaries of the preaching of the divine message for all time. The Gospel, the good news of the salvation of all men, is centered in Jesus Christ, who is its beginning, middle, and end: Jesus, the Redeemer, the Savior; and Christ, the Anointed One of God, our great Prophet, Priest, and King. Both His divine-human person and His miraculous office are placed before our eyes. Only this message is the Gospel, the good news. All other messages, that do not lead to Christ, that do not emanate from Christ, are false messages. That is Mark's emphasis.
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