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

Monday, January 1, 2024

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This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
— Mark 1:1 NLT

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.
  1. It is a journey about God's Good News.
  2. It is about a very human person named Jesus; his humanity is revealed throughout Mark's Gospel.
  3. This Jesus is also the Messiah (or Christ) promised in the Old Testament.
  4. 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 this new 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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Illustration of Mark 1:1 NLT — This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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