The Beginning Of The Good News
The opening ceremony of both the winter and the summer Olympics is a big deal. The host country knows they have a worldwide audience and they pull out all the stops to make sure they capture attention and demonstrate how good they are doing. Beginnings are important. So as God begins to move His Story toward its climax in the death and resurrection of the great male child who would finally be the “seed” God promised he would send to crush the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15), he states right at the beginning of the shortest, most direct Gospel, the Gospel of Mark, that this is only the beginning of the Good News Jesus brings.
“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah the Son of God.” Mark 1:1
“In the beginning “ begins the entire Redemptive Story where Moses introduced us to the Creator who speaks and there is life. Now we are introduced to another beginning—the beginning of all the good that God is going to do through his Son. And Mark makes it crystal clear from the start—Jesus is the Anointed One, God’s Son. He will finally be the king who will conquer all his enemies and who will establish a kingdom and a throne that will rule forever (2 Samuel 7). I would expect a big opening ceremony, possibly in Rome in the Coliseum with chariot races and thousands in the stands cheering. Instead, we will see that Mark begins with a “voice crying in the wilderness.”
LORD, in our study of Hosea you promised that judgment and death would not be the end of the Story for your people, but Hosea never explained how your judgment would move to salvation. Help us to learn from the Gospel of Mark how Jesus reconciles absolute justice and gracious love.
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