This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Luke 3:1-6 & Matthew 3:1-6. Here was the conclusion:
John the Baptist preached repentance with baptism in the wilderness. He was the spiritual Elijah that began the kingdom of heaven once he got the specific call from God to begin this ministry prophesied by Isaiah.
It was at this point we can include the Gospel Account according to Mark. Mark was not one of the twelve Disciples. According to the Book of Acts, Mark spent a lot of time with Peter. Also, Mark's Gospel Account was very Big Picture and "action oriented". Mark did not give a lot of details and seemed to focus on events that Peter was directly involved in. Consequently, many experts believe Mark's Gospel Account was actually what Peter told Mark.
"1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way.
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight;"
(Mark quoted the same prophecy from Isaiah 40:3-5 that Luke and Matthew did:
"3 The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah; make level in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain:
5 and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.")
"4 John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins.
5 And there went out unto him all the country of Judaea, and all they of Jerusalem; And they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leathern girdle about his loins, and did eat locusts and wild honey."
(Mark stated the same description for John the Baptist as Luke did. Remember, John the Baptist was the spiritual Elijah. Here was a description of Elijah from 2 Kings 1:8...
"8 And they answered him, He was a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.")
"7 And he preached, saying, There cometh after me he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
8 I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit."
(Mark stated that John the Baptist blatantly stated there was someone coming after him that was greater than him. John said he baptized in water, but the one that followed him would baptize in the Holy Spirit.)
John the Baptist blatantly stated the one that came after him would be greater and baptize in the Holy Spirit.