Nearly two centuries ago a man who had a respectable job, a nice home, and a good family gave in to despair and turned to alcohol. Before long he had lost everything including his self-respect and lived the life of a homeless drunkard. One night he stumbled into a Christian mission and heard the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. As if for the first time he heard that God loved Him so much He'd sent His Son to die so that he could be God's child. There at that mission the man repented, giving up his own way, and turned fully to Jesus Christ. What peace and joy flooded his soul! He could see the light! After eating a good meal offered by the mission, the man bought a train ride home. Still dressed in his rags, he looked like a destitute man, but his face told a different story. The conductor was trying to make sense of the incongruity when he had an idea. Walking up to the man, the conductor asked if someone had died and left him an inheritance. Quickly and eagerly the man replied, "Yes! The Lord Jesus died for me and gave me His riches in glory!" Mark 1:1 tells us about this glorious good news. Study the passage to learn more about Jesus Christ and the gospel.
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Read Focus Verses
Read Mark 1:1 and notice how much this one, short opening verse of the Gospel of Mark tells us.
Read Mark 1:1-15 to better understand today's verse in its context.
What part of the story is this book going to tell us according to the first few words?
What is this book going to tell us about?
Who is this book going to tell us about?
Who? - Part 1
What is the first Name given for the One whose gospel this book will tell us about?
Who? - Part 2
What is the second Name given for the One whose gospel this book will tell us about?
What is the role of Jesus Christ according to the end of Mark 1:1?
Keyword - Gospel
Marking the word gospel will help it stand out to you whenever you look at this verse.
Mark the word gospel in Mark 1:1.
Keywords - Jesus Christ
Marking the Names Jesus and Christ will help you see whose gospel this is.
Mark the Names Jesus and Christ in Mark 1:1.
The Name Jesus means, "Jehovah is Salvation." Matthew 1:21 tells us why our Savior has this name.
In Luke 1:31 we see that the angel had already given this instruction to Mary, Jesus' earthly mother.
Luke 2:21 assures us of their obedience in naming Him as God directed.
What are some of the reasons you can think of that this Name is so fitting for our Savior (hint: Matthew 1:21 tells us one of them)?
We see how fitting His Name is as we read Romans 10:9.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 tells us what kind of people Jesus saves, and to what extent He saves them.
Philippians 2:5-11 shows us that His Name - Jesus - is not just for His time of humility on earth, but is still the Name by which He is worshipped now that He is exalted.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 tells us of the hope Christians have in Jesus.
Hebrews 4:14-16 tells us another of the reasons Jesus is so precious to His people.
Looking to Him
Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us more about Jesus.
What are some of the things these verses tell us about Jesus?
What are some of the ways these verses tell us those truths about Jesus should impact our lives?
Take a closer look at the second Name given for Jesus - Christ.
Origin: from (5548)
Definition:Christ = 'anointed'
- Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God
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God's first promise that He would send Jesus is in Genesis 3:15.
We see one of the prophesies of Christ in Isaiah 61:1-3.
All the Scriptures
In Luke 24:25-27 we see that the whole Old Testament points to Christ.
Jesus is Christ
Acts 17:2-3 confirms that Jesus is the Christ.
In Matthew 16:15-17 we read the story of one of the first people who confessed (agreed with God) that Jesus is the Christ, the promised Savior.
We learn more about Christ in Revelation 1:4-8.
Why is the Name Christ such an important one?
What are some of the things we learn about Jesus Christ in these verses?
What are some of the ways we are to respond to these truths about Christ?
The third Name of Jesus in today's passage reveals another of His roles. We find it in the familiar verse John 3:16.
Hebrews 1:1-3 tells us more about the glory of God's Son.
The angel Gabriel told Mary that her child, Jesus, would be the Son of God in Luke 1:35.
At Christ's baptism, God confirms this as we read in Matthew 3:17.
Romans 1:1-4 tells us when Christ's Sonship was even more powerfully declared.
1 John 4:14-15 reveals how critical it is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
A Precious Truth
In Romans 8:32 we read a precious truth based on Jesus Christ being the Son of God.
What do these verses tell us about Jesus Christ?
How do these truths affect our lives?
Earlier you read that He was to be named Jesus. If you read the next two verses in Matthew 1:21-23, you will see that He is God Himself.
John 1:1-3 tells us about Him.
John 1:14 shows us that this Word who is God is the same Word who became a man.
In John 10:30 Jesus clears up any confusion and shows us that while He is the Son by position, He is equal with God the Father and shares His divine nature.
If it's possible to be clearer than those verses, 1 Timothy 3:16 is.
What do these verses tell us about Jesus Christ?
How does this truth that Jesus is God, equal with the Father, teach us to respond to Him?
John 20:31 uses the same three titles for our Savior as today's passage and tells us how we ought to respond to them and what the reward for that response is.
How should we respond to Jesus Christ the Son of God?
What is the result of believing in Jesus Christ the Son of God?
Take a look at the word in today's passage, which tells us what the book of Mark is going to tell us about this Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Origin: from the same as (2097)
- a reward for good tidings
- good tidings
- the glad tidings of the kingdom of God soon to be set up, and subsequently also of Jesus the Messiah, the founder of this kingdom. After the death of Christ, the term comprises also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in majesty to consummate the kingdom of God
- the glad tidings of salvation through Christ
- the proclamation of the grace of God manifest and pledged in Christ
- the gospel
- as the messianic rank of Jesus was proved by his words, his deeds, and his death, the narrative of the sayings, deeds, and death of Jesus Christ came to be called the gospel or glad tidings
We've already seen so many of the ways Jesus Christ brings good news to us. In Luke 2 we hear the angels singing on the day Jesus was born. In verses 10-11 they are telling the shepherds about this good news.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 summarizes the heart of the gospel.
Romans 2:16 reminds us why the gospel is needed.
Wages vs. Gift
Romans 6:23 puts it so beautifully.
2 Corinthians 4:3-7 tells us about the spiritual warfare behind a person rejecting or accepting the gospel and who must open a person's eyes for them to see and believe the gospel.
Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us what God gives to those who believe in the gospel as a seal and promise of the truth of the rest of the gospel promises.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 tells us the end of the gospel for those who believe.
Philippians 1:27 teaches that the gospel changes the lives of those who believe it.
Colossians 1:9-23 summarizes so many of these glorious truths about the gospel.
What Is the Gospel?
In your own words, based on these verses, what is the gospel?
Why Good News?
Why is it called the good news?
If we had more time, we'd explore more of the countless blessings that God gives to those who believe the gospel. We'd also see that the gospel often brings suffering and persecution in this life. Consider what Jesus says about that in Mark 8:34-38.
He expands on this a couple of chapters later in Mark 10:29-30.
In Matthew 13:44-46 the Lord Jesus puts the value of the gospel and eternal life in perspective.
What if the gospel costs you everything? How would you answer someone who asked why you were willing to lose everything for the gospel and Jesus Christ?
Repent and Believe
In Mark 1:15 - later in the same chapter as today's verse - Jesus Christ tells us how to respond to the gospel.
How to Respond
How should a person respond to the gospel?
Today's passage specifies that the Gospel of Mark tells the beginning of the gospel. Acts 1:1-2 talking about the Gospel of Luke (which is a parallel and similar account to the Gospel of Mark) explains one of the reasons Mark, like Luke, only tells the beginning of the story of the gospel.
Mark 16:15 tells us another reason the book of Mark only tells the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ - the story of it spreading and its impact isn't over yet.
Still Working in Believer's Lives
Colossians 1:3-6 gives another, more personal, reason that the Gospel of Mark only tells the beginning of the story.
What are some of the reasons the book of Mark only tells the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Read Mark 1:1 once more now that you've studied each of its sections and notice how it weaves together so many wonderful truths in such a little space.
In Your Words
In a few sentences, expand on the truths of Mark 1:1 in your own words.
What kind of things should you look for as you read and study the book of Mark based on this first verse?
One of the best ways to learn and understand God's Word is to listen to it. The Gospel of Mark takes about an hour and a half to listen to. Even if you can't listen to it all at once, listening to as much as you can while you drive, work out, cook, or do other similar things can allow it to become part of your thinking.
Do you believe that Jesus Christ is everything God says He is in the Bible?
Have you repented (turned away from) your sin and believed the gospel that Jesus Christ died in your place and rose again and now offers you eternal life and peace with God? If you don't know or haven't, won't you do it now?
The Rest of the Story
If you have repented and believed the gospel and continue to turn from sin and believe in Jesus Christ alone to save you, you saw that while the book of Mark tells the beginning of the story of the gospel, God wants to tell more of that story in your life. In what ways do your choices and habits need to change to match the gospel you believe? How will you begin today?
We hope this study plan has helped you understand more about Jesus Christ and His glorious gospel, and that it has challenged you to live the rest of the story.
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