Jesus calls His disciples

TEXT: Mark 1:14-19

Jesus begins his ministry, following a water baptism by John the Baptist, a spiritual baptism by the Holy Spirit and 40 days of temptations in the wilderness.

John the Baptist, meanwhile, is cast into prison, and as his ministry becomes lesser, Jesus' ministry becomes greater.

The temptation of Jesus: Mark's view

TEXT: Mark 1:12-13

Mark was, apparently, a man of few words. He described the entire temptation encounter between Jesus and the devil and in the wilderness in two verses.

Fortunately, Matthew and Luke give us greater detail - although John doesn't mention the encounter at all.

John the Baptist: The baptism of Jesus

TEXT: MARK 1:9-11

John the Baptist is nearing the end of his ministry as Jesus comes to him and is also baptized by John.

Mark uses three verses to describe this scene (verses 9-11), two verses to describe Jesus' temptation in the wilderness (Mark 1:12-13) and one verse to show that John the Baptist was put into prison after Jesus was tested in the wilderness (Mark 1:14).

That is quite a brief summary of events.

John the Baptist: Preaching repentance

TEXT: Mark 1-8

John the Baptist is perhaps one of the most colorful characters in the New Testament. If you ever met him, you certainly would remember him if you saw him again- even if you were far away from him.

And there's one thing for sure - he got everyone's attention when he came to town.

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