Today’s Reading: Mark 1:1; Luke 1:1-4; John 1:1-18; Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38; Luke 1:5-38
Mark 1:1 (NLT)
1 This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began…
What a way to begin our reading into the New Testament! There is so much written in those 15 words. It is such a great way to demonstrate that we made a significant leap in our reading from finishing the Old Testament yesterday and beginning the New Testament today.
This is the Good News…
Our reading for the last 37 weeks we have been reading about God’s relationship with his chosen people. A people that God so desired to be dedicated to him, a people that God wanted to be set apart as a holy people, dedicated to him. But as we read through the books of the Old Testament we learned that they people continued to fail. The people were unable to be faithful to the Law of Moses. They stumbled, fell, were renewed and fell again. But throughout the readings we see that the God had promised a brighter future.
The brighter future is here. That is Good News. It is fantastic news. It is news that will change the world.
…about Jesus the Messiah….
We are about to continue our journey to read about the Messiah. Messiah meaning – the anointed savior. All the way back to our very first day of reading we were told about his arrival:
Genesis 3:15 (New International Version)
The prophets foretold that he would arrive:
Isaiah 9:6 (New International Version)
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, [a] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
…the Son of God…
We are not about to read the story and impact of a simple man, of a mere carpenter, a great teacher, a keen philospher, a really cool rabbi. No we are about to jump into the life and impact of the SON OF GOD. God incarnate here on earth…
John 1:1 – 5 (NIV)
Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word
1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
… it began…
It from these first writings from 2000 years ago that the history of mankind has taken a significant turn. Sure, it is the time from which we count our current age. AD means year of our Lord. It is from here that our history is written. Everything seems to be marked as with before the Messiah’s birth or after. It all begins here.
The New Testament begins here. The new covenant begins here. The extension of God’s love to all mankind on this earth begins here. The visible and tangible expression of God’s love and sacrifice for the lives of men guilty of their own sin begins here. The culmination of 3000 years of God reaching out to man begins here.
Won’t you join us as we finish the year with a complete reading of the New Testament? In just 10 – 15 minutes a day for the nxt 15 weeks you can read the New Testament. Maybe in that time you can find out why the following introduction into the Book of Mark is so overloaded with meaning.
Mark 1:1 (NLT)
1 This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began