Hello everyone! 🙂
Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
And welcome to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!
This is a new segment on my blog where I share and talk about the Gospel of Mark from the Holy Bible. Due to my Christian upbringing, I’d like to share with you the story of Jesus and how he died on the cross to save us from our sins. This will be a new weekly segment in the run-up before Easter.
Back in 2012, I took part in a drama production on the Gospel of Mark at my former local church. Performing the Gospel of Mark in drama form was a great experience for me. I feel the best way to share the life story of Jesus, the Son of God, is through Mark’s Gospel. I’m so looking forward to this!
My blog posts on Mark’s Gospel will be posted on a Sunday, focusing on the 16 chapters in turn. Each blog post will feature a summary of each chapter in the Mark’s Gospel. I hope you’ll enjoy this.
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 1
Chapter 1 of Mark’s Gospel begins with John the Baptist preparing the way. A long time ago, it was written by Isaiah the prophet that a messenger will be sent to prepare the way for Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. This messenger was John the Baptist, who had appeared in the wilderness.
John the Baptist was preaching to the people of Judea and Jerusalem, as he baptised them with water to forgive them for their sins. It happened in the Jordan River. John told the people someone will come after him who is more powerful than him and that he’ll baptise them with the Holy Spirit.
Soon, the baptism and testing of Jesus occurred. He came from Nazareth to Galilee to be baptised by John. As Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens opened and the Spirit descended on him like a dove. God’s voice then spoke out saying, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Jesus soon went out into the wilderness for forty days. He was tempted by Satan, but thankfully the angels attended to him. Jesus then went into Galilee and proclaimed the good news of God to everyone. He told them the kingdom of God is near; they must repent and believe in the good news.
Jesus then called upon his first disciples to follow him. This included Simon and his brother Andrew, who were fishermen. Jesus said “Come, follow me” and they followed him. Jesus told Simon and Andrew that he will make them fishers of men. He then called James and his brother John to follow.
Later, Jesus drives out an evil spirit when he and his disciples go to Capernaum. This is when the Sabbath came as Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, before a man in the synagogue cried out to Jesus. This man was possessed by an evil spirit.
As the man with the evil spirit challenged Jesus, Jesus told the spirit to be quiet and to come out of the man. The evil spirit thankfully left the man, even though he shook him violently and came out with a shriek. Everyone was amazed by what Jesus did and the news spread about quickly in Galilee.
After that, Jesus healed many. He and his disciples went to the home of Simon and Andrew, where Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever. Jesus’ disciples told him about Simon’s mother-in-law and he went to help her. Jesus took her hand and the fever left Simon’s mother-in-law immediately.
Later that evening, many people brought the sick and demon-possessed to Jesus. This was when he was still at the house of Simon and Andrew’s. Jesus healed so many who had various diseases and also drove out many demons. He would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Next day, very early in the morning when it was still dark, Jesus left the house and went off to pray in a solitary place. As he prayed, Simon and the other disciples went out to look for Jesus. They soon found Jesus and told him everyone was looking for him. Jesus suggested going to the nearby villages.
Jesus told his disciples that he had come to preach to everyone. He and his disciples travelled throughout Galilee to preach in many synagogues and drive out demons. Whilst doing this, Jesus also healed a man with leprosy, who’d come out to him and begged on his knees to make him clean.
After the leprosy left the man, Jesus sent him away with a strong warning, telling him not to tell anyone about this except to show himself to the priest and offer sacrifices commanded by Moses long ago. But the man talked freely, spreading the news and people everywhere came to see Jesus.
That’s it for Chapter 1 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 2.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!