Beginning. Gospel. Jesus. Son.
I love new beginnings. They are fresh, exciting and, yes, new. They hold a promise that is different from anything else. Today is one of those beginnings. It is the beginning of a new year of campground ministry. Old relationships will be renewed. New relationships will be started. A new year of ministry will begin.
My first service will be based on Mark 1:1, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
It begins, of course, with the beginning. The beginning of a new chapter in history. The beginning of new opportunities from the Lord. If you look closely, you can see the similarities between Mark 1:1 and Genesis 1:1. Maybe not as strong as John 1:1, but still strong enough to see the resemblance.
With Genesis we have the beginning of history, the beginning of time as we know it. With Mark, we get a new shot in history. A new chance to correct what happened in Genesis, a chance to start over. What gives us the chance to start over?
The Gospel. The good news. Not just any good news. Ann Murray had a song several years ago that said that we sure could use some good news. This may be true, but it’s not just some good news. It’s not simply some positive word as the song indicates. There’s nothing wrong with that, but this good news that Mark is writing about is so much more.
It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The good news that Jesus brings. We often describe it as salvation coming from Jesus. It’s that, but it is so much more. It’s the good news that changes every aspect of life. It changes our perspective on everything. It causes the things of earth to be strangely dim. It is the good news that helps us to choose the will of the Father instead of our own will.
It is the good news that can only come from God’s Son. We can look at Jesus in many ways. He is the son of David, tracing his earthly reign back to the that of Israel’s. This good news isn’t just coming from earth. No this good news is coming from God and His Son. This good news is making all things right. It’s reestablishing the original plan.
This beginning is more than just the beginning of a book in the Bible. It is a beginning that continues on a daily basis. Every day is a beginning in Jesus Christ. He makes all things new. When we stumble, we have hope that He will redeem it and make it new again. We have hope in Christ.