Mark 1:1-11 – Respect
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Here we have a look at the beginning of the Gospel of Mark. We meet the character of John the Baptizer. John was an interesting man who ran around in the desert eating bugs and honey while baptizing people. In this passage, Mark is recording the baptism of Christ and showing Christ’s greatness. John says that he was not even worthy to bend down and loosen the strap on Christ sandals because of Christ’s greatness.
If Christ was great back then, He still is now. John had a respect for Christ and everything He was. The question is, do you respect Christ? Do you live your life in a way that respects Christ? Can people look at your life and tell that you value Christ? Our lives, as Christians, should have a marked difference from everyone else. Not in a weird way, but in a different kind of way.
Life Step: Think about it…
How can we respect Christ?
What kind of ways can we disrespect Christ?