<ul><li>Person of Christ Introduced </li></ul><ul><li>Mar 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus – was once a common name , like John or Bob, but became less common at the end of the 1 st century…christians thought it was too sacred and Jews hated the name. </li></ul><ul><li>In Greek, Jesus is a form of Joshua, which means that God is Salvation </li></ul><ul><li>Do you call upon Jesus as your salvation? </li></ul>
Christ – means anointed one, or the anointer. He touches us and saves us from sin and brings us healing. There is power in Christ. Has Jesus touched you with His saving power?
Prophecy Fulfilled Mar 1:2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, Mar 1:3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" People were expecting the return of Elijah to come to prepare the way of the Messiah. In John’s Gospel, they even ask John if he is Elijah and he says no. Jesus later says that Elijah had come in the person of John the Baptist. Luke’s gospel says that John came in the spirit and power of Elijah. The prophecy is fulfilled in John the Baptist. This was hidden to the Jews. John prepared the way for Jesus, how do you prepare the way for Jesus?
<ul><li>Proclamation from John </li></ul><ul><li>Mar 1:4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. </li></ul><ul><li>400 years of silence since last prophet spoke and here comes John preaching baptism, repentance, and forgiveness of sins. How did people receive forgiveness before? How is this different? What does it mean? </li></ul>
People’s Response <ul><li>Mar 1:5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. </li></ul><ul><li>Mar 1:6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. </li></ul><ul><li>Will you seek to invite others to come to Christ? Will you share the good news with others? </li></ul>
Power to Come <ul><li>Mar 1:7 And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. </li></ul><ul><li>Mar 1:8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." </li></ul>
<ul><li>Do you call upon Jesus for salvation? Do you also prepare the way for Jesus to enter in to the lives of those around you? The people flocked to find forgiveness from their sins when John preached, are you also sharing the good news with those around you? Lastly, are you living a life in the power of the Holy Spirit? Do you allow Jesus to fill you with the Spirit or do you walk in your flesh? </li></ul>