This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning, April 15, 2007, and was taken from Mark 1:1-13.
Mark’s gospel lacks the royalty of Matthew, the thoroughness of Luke, and the mysticism of John, but makes up for it in earnest excitement. In the first verse we find the essence of the entire book of Mark. In this introduction, Mark gives three testimonies to the validity of the person of Jesus:
- Vs. 1-8: The ministry of John the Baptist as forerunner identifies Jesus as the coming Messiah.
- Vs. 9-11: At Jesus baptism, His Father affirms Him to be the unique son of God.
- Vs. 12, 13: Jesus’ wilderness temptation marks Him as our sympathetic savior.