This morning we begin a new series on the Gospel of Mark. We start by looking at the author and audience of the book, and then see why Mark deals first with the ministry of Christ’s forerunner, John the Baptist. There are at least two reasons:
We see that John focused on the Law of God in his message, and of the need for repentance from sin - a message calculated to show his hearers their need of the Savior Who was coming.
We still need this work of the Law in our consciences as a preparatory step in our own salvation. We are challenged to examine ourselves and see whether we have been convicted of our sins, and to seek after the Lord for it if we have not.