I’m happy to finally have this blog up and this study started. Plus, Mark 1 and 2 is a great way to start!
After I read through the first two Chapters in NIV I checked them out in The Message translation. I loved what the Message said in Chapter 1 v.7 “The real action comes next…” Think about that. Could there be a more fitting intro for the King of Kings? I know that the real action started in my life when I He was ‘announced’ to me and it hasn’t stopped yet (despite the fact that more often than not I am praying that the action will slow the heck down).
It didn’t slow down in these passages either! I loved that the “action” in the first two Chapters included one miracle after another. As soon as He showed up on the scene so to speak, He began to reveal His power and His glory to everyone. Isn’t that exactly how it is when He shows up for in the “lonely places” (v.45) of our lives?
The verse that stood out the most for me was 1:11, when Jesus is baptized. I had never read this verse in the Message before and it is fantastic:
“You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life”.
I don’t think that it is a coincidence that this is said immediately after Jesus submits to John’s baptism. I love what this says about God’s love for us. It leaves me breathless to think that the God of the universe has marked me with His love. He has chosen me. When I am obedient to His will and submit to His process I am the pride of His life. That is more than I can even begin to fathom.
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