The Beginning of the Gospel
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The Beginning of the Gospel

From Series: The Gospel According to Mark, Volume 1

Mark 1:1-8  (ID: 2665)

Are the gospels history or legend? Many believe that the Gospels were invented by men – that they are fabricated stories and not historical fact. Alistair Begg examines the evidence behind the writing of the Gospels. The result of this examination assures us that the Gospels are, in fact, the true and authentic record of the life of Jesus, the Son of God, who is the fulfillment of the redemption story.


John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.1

2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,2

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,

who will prepare your way,

3the voice of one crying in the wilderness:

‘Prepare3 the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight,’”

4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And 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. 6Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And 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. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.