Beloved

Scott Hoezee

Read: Mark 1:9-11 You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased. (v. 11) In Mark 1 Jesus appears seemingly from out of nowhere and takes his place in the line of people waiting to get baptized. We saw yesterday that John’s baptism was for repentance, but Jesus did not need that. Still, by letting himself be washed by John in the Jordan, he identified with everyone who did need it, and so with everyone he had come …

The Baptizer

Scott Hoezee

Read: Mark 1:1-8 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness . . . (v. 4) John became the most famous preacher of his generation. For many, he outshined his cousin Jesus. In Acts 19, Paul even reports meeting a group of believers baptized by John who had not heard of Jesus. When he told them about the promised Messiah, they gladly accepted a new baptism in Jesus’ name. John himself did his best to tamp that down. “I’m just the warm-up …

Wilderness

Scott Hoezee

Read: Mark 1:1-3 . . . the voice of one crying in the wilderness. (v. 3a) The four Gospels all include John the Baptist and a quote from Isaiah 40. John prepares the way and thus lays the groundwork for Jesus. Curiously, if you read the Bible closely, there seems to be a difference of opinion how to translate Isaiah 40 (minor wording differences aside). Isaiah 40:3 says, “A voice cries, ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord.’” …

The Beginning

Scott Hoezee

Read Mark 1:1; 16:8 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (1:1) Christmas is sixteen days away yet here we are in Mark’s Gospel for a half-dozen days even though Mark writes nary a whisper of anything related to Christmas. Mark is the shortest gospel and is by far the most fast-paced. Mark seems to be in a big hurry to get his readers up close and personal with Jesus. So he didn’t have time …

With Us

Scott Hoezee

Read: Matthew 1:18-25 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (v. 23) In verse 21, God tells Joseph to name Mary’s baby “Jesus,” and in verse 25 he does. So why is it that in between those two verses we are told he would be named “Immanuel”? Which is it, Jesus or Immanuel? Well of course it’s both. The Jesus who will save us from our …