Chapter One Mark begins his gospel with the ministry of John the Baptist (1-8), followed by Jesus' baptism by John and temptation by Satan (9-11). Jesus began his own ministry in Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God (12-15). Selecting four fishermen to become His disciples (16-20), He went to Capernaum where He taught in the synagogue and cast out an unclean spirit (21-28). At the house of Simon (Peter) and Andrew, Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law, and after sunset healed many more (29-34). The next morning after spending time in prayer, Jesus started an itinerant ministry of preaching in the synagogues throughout Galilee, casting out demons and healing a leper (35-45). POINTS TO PONDER * The concise, fast-paced nature of Mark's gospel * The meaning of the phrase, "The time is fulfilled, kingdom of God is at hand" * The purpose of the miracles of healing that Jesus performed REVIEW QUESTIONS 1) What are the main points of this chapter? - The ministry of John the Baptist - Mk 1:1-8 - The baptism and temptation of Jesus - Mk 1:9-13 - The beginning of Jesus' ministry in Galilee - Mk 1:14-45 2) What prophecies did John the Baptist fulfill? (2-3) - Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 40:3 3) What did John preach? What did he promise? (4,8) - A baptism of repentance for the remission of sins - The coming of One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit 4) What two events led to the beginning of Jesus' ministry? (9-13) - His baptism by John; His temptation by Satan 5) What message did Jesus proclaim as He began His ministry? (14-15) - "The time is fulfilled...the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent... believe in the gospel." 6) Who were selected to become His disciples? (16-20) - Four fishermen: Simon and his brother Andrew, James and his brother John 7) What miracles does Mark record as Jesus began His ministry in Galilee? (21-45) - Casting out an unclean spirit in the synagogue at Capernaum - Healing the mother-in-law of Simon (Peter) of a fever - Healing many who were sick of various diseases, and casting out demons - Cleansing a leper who came to Him
John the Baptist prepares the way
[Mar 1:1-45 NKJV] 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You." 3 "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.' " 4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 "I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
John baptizes Jesus
9 It came to pass in those days [that] Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 11 Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Satan tempts Jesus
12 Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. 13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.
Jesus begins his Galilean ministry
14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
Four fishermen called as disciples
16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the [son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also [were] in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.
Jesus casts out an unclean spirit
21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 saying, "Let [us] alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!" 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" 26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? What new doctrine [is] this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." 28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.
Peter's mother-in-law healed
29 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. 31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.
Many healed after Sabbath sunset
32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
Preaching in Galilee
35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. 36 And Simon and those [who were] with Him searched for Him. 37 When they found Him, they said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You." 38 But He said to them, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth." 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
Jesus cleanses a leper
40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean." 41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out [His] hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed." 42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. 43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." 45 However, he went out and began to proclaim [it] freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.