The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:4-8)

The gospel of Mark opens with the declaration that this is the beginning of the good news of Jesus as proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah. The gospel is the message of the enthronement and rule of a king. Mark presents his gospel as the beginning of that good news concerning Jesus as the king, the Christ, the Son of God. The scriptures declared that there would be a voice in the wilderness preparing the way for the arrival of the Lord. Now Mark turns his attention to a man named John.

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