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Mark 1:1-8 (Mosaic, Advent 2)
Mark's Gospel announces, "This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God" (Mark 1:1). What is this Good News? It is the message that the Messiah has come, the promised king of Israel, and that he, the Son of God, died and rose again to establish his reign.

At the time of Jesus, the Jewish people were anticipating the coming Messiah. "Israelites increasingly looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, 'the Anointed One', a descendant of David who would be Israel's king" (NLTSB, note on Mark 1:1).

Mark begins with the promise of Isa. 40:1-11 and Mal. 3:1, where God had promised to send a messenger to announce his coming. John the Baptizer, Mark tells us, was that messenger. "John the Baptist was the voice shouting in the wilderness for people to prepare the way for the LORD's coming.... In Isaiah, this prophecy refers to the coming of the Lord, the God of Israel. Here it refers to the Lord Jesus (see 12:35-37)" (NLTSB, note on 1:3). John's role was to prepare the way for the Lord's coming by leading people to repent of their sins and cleanse their hearts for the Lord. They, having been baptized with water in repentance, would be ready to receive the presence of the Lord.

And John promised that the Lord would give his presence. "I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!" (Mark 1:8). The NLTSB comments, "The baptism of Jesus brought the gift of the Holy Spirit, through whom sinful people become God's children (Rom 8:15-16; 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 4:6)" (NLTSB, note on 1:8). When we trust in God through Jesus, he gives us his Holy Spirit, and his presence assures us that we are his children (Eph 1:13-14). Through this, God gives us his comfort (Isa 40:1).

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posted by Sean Harrison at 7:00 AM
Blogger Tommyg said...

Has there been anymore thought given to the possibility of making access to the Online NLT Study Bible available for purchase? I already have purchased a large print NLT Bible and the E Sword NLT. So it is hard to justify the money for a hard copy of the Study Bible. I would purchase online access though. Crossway does this for the ESV Study Bible! I purchased online access to their Study Bible for $19.95. I love the NLT but I actually prefer to have the notes separate from the Bible text.

February 10, 2010 8:14 PM  
Blogger Running Hoosier said...

How come the blog has not been updated since December 2009?

February 11, 2010 8:14 AM  
Blogger Sean Harrison said...

We're thinking about the possibility of paid online access. I appreciate your input.

I haven't been updating because I haven't been thinking about the NLT Study Bible lately.

February 11, 2010 1:00 PM  

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