What Jesus Did! 'Good News!' — Mark 1:1

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begins ...
— Mark 1:1 NLT
Illustration of Mark 1:1 NLT — The Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begins ...

Key Thought

We are beginning a journey through the Gospel of Mark. Gospel means "good news." Mark wants us to know four things about our journey with him through the life of Jesus. First, it is a journey about God's good news. Second, it is about a very human person named Jesus; his humanity is revealed throughout Mark's Gospel. Third, this Jesus is also the Messiah (or Christ) promised in the Old Testament, and fourth, he is the Son of God. Never lose sight of the fact that Mark is telling us the good news of God about Jesus in the message that he shares with us. Sometimes the words and stories will be challenging and hard to understand. Yet at the heart of each story, event, or teaching is an implicit hope that God has brought us something very good in Jesus!

Today's Prayer

Father, as I make the journey through the next year, please help me know Jesus better. Help me see Jesus as the source and foundation of your good news. Open my eyes and help me see Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 96:2
  • Isaiah 52:7-10
  • Mark 8:35

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.