You have certainly had someone say this to you before: “I have good news and I have bad news.” But the Book of Mark begins with simply, “I have good news.” It is important to note that it is good news. The news about Jesus is not bad news nor is it a tragedy. It is the announcement of a major success. Notice how this book begins: “The beginning of the gospel…” Matthew begins with a genealogy, Luke begins with announcements of John and Jesus’ births, and John begins with Jesus as the eternal Word that was in the beginning. But Mark begins with, “This is the beginning of everything!” “The beginning of the gospel” signals the fulfillment of God’s everlasting word.
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