The Gospel of Jesus Christ
- Mark 1:1 “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;”
In the article “Definition of Gospel,” we learned that gospel means good news. Here in Mark 1:1, we read about the gospel or good news of Jesus Christ. Right from the get-go, Mark relays to the reader the purpose of his book: the good news of Jesus Christ. The first four books of the New Testament are often referred to as “The Four Gospels” because of their focus on Jesus Christ. The four gospels go through the birth of Jesus, the life of Jesus, the miracles of Jesus, the lessons of Jesus, the sufferings of Jesus, the temptations and victories of Jesus, the death of Jesus on the cross, the burial of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, the ascension of Jesus into heaven, and the promised soon return of Jesus for the saved. Mark 1:2 mentions, “As it is written in the prophets…” which reveals that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached by the prophets of the Old Testament as well. And there were a lot of prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament Who is called “my Redeemer” (Job 9:25), “the Branch” (Jer. 33:15; Zech. 3:8, 6:12), “the Messiah” (Dan. 9:25-26), etc…. As a matter of fact, the good news of Jesus Christ was preached right from the beginning by God Himself in response to the bad news of man’s first sin in the Garden of Eden in Gen. 3:15! Everything about Jesus is good news worth reading, preaching, and heeding. Of course, the most important part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is His redemption of fallen man which we will focus more on in other articles.