Over the last four weeks, we’ve been focusing on Jesus as the real superhero. We’ve watched as he has healed the sick, restored life to the dead, walked on water, calmed the winds, cast out demons, and fed thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two small fish.
Compared to all of those things, today’s passage may seem a bit … anticlimactic. But that is exactly why I chose this scripture to end our series on. This is from the beginning of Mark, before we saw any of those miracles take place, yet it beautifully captures all that Jesus was and is, and did and does.
This passage provides the ultimate proof that Jesus is the only real superhero. He was then, he is today, and he always will be.
Let’s jump into this a bit here by taking a look at the background. This passage takes place after John the Baptist has been put in prison. Now we know that in the time before Jesus began preaching, John the Baptist had been preaching about the time to come. By the time we get to the Gospel of Mark, John’s message of repentance is over and it’s time for Jesus’ message to begin.
John had been preaching about a time to come, and Jesus was now preaching that the time HAD come. John preached a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; Jesus preached that the kingdom itself was at hand, so believe the gospel. John did not preach the gospel; he preached that the gospel bearer was coming. See how this all fits together? Pretty cool, right?
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