Welcome to a new year of growing in your walk with God. My prayer is that these devotionals will help you to know God better and love Him more.
Our daily Bible readings are from Discipleship Journal’s 5x5x5 Reading Plan. Each day, five times a week, we’ll read the assigned chapter and I’ll post a short devotional thought about that day’s reading. Most of my comments are shorter than that day’s Bible reading. Most people can read the day’s Scripture and my devotional together in less than ten minutes.
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So here’s my first devotional.
Our first reading of the year is Mark 1. Tradition says that Mark wrote what Peter reported to him. Many scholars believe that Mark’s was the first Gospel written down and that Matthew and Luke borrowed from Mark and added material from at least one other main source. The bottom line is that Mark recorded what God told him to write and he wrote as he was carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)
Unlike Matthew and Luke, Mark doesn’t include a genealogy for Jesus. Matthew sets the stage for Jesus’ arrival by including the story of the Magi traveling from an eastern country, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Luke introduces Jesus in the context of shepherds hearing the angels’ proclamation on a clear night outside Bethlehem.
Instead of introductions, genealogies, and birth narratives, Mark jumps in with both feet! Jesus is already an adult and He’s about to be introduced to the world!
Mark often uses the word, “immediately” and he uses it nine times in Chapter One. It’s as if he’s writing as quickly as he can so that he can write everything down. I remember classes like that in school! It seemed that everything was important and I didn’t want to miss anything.
Perhaps Mark was so excited about the coming of Jesus as God’s Messiah and knew that Jesus would return soon. Not knowing when, Mark wanted to make sure that whoever read his book would know everything necessary in order to come to faith in Christ. And Mark was very excited about that prospect.
How excited are you about Jesus’ return? He is coming back, you know!
How excited are you about people coming to faith in Christ? What can you do today to help someone know about Jesus?