The Messiah's Herald

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
References for Mark 1:1
      2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:a Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way. b
      References for Mark 1:2
        • a 1:2 - Other mss read in the prophets
        • b 1:2 - Other mss add before You
          3 A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!" c
          References for Mark 1:3
            • c 1:3 - Mal 3:1; Isaiah 40:3
              4 John came baptizingd in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentancee for the forgiveness of sins.
              References for Mark 1:4
                • d 1:4 - Or John the Baptist came, or John the Baptizer came
                • e 1:4 - Or a baptism based on repentance
                  5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
                  6 John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
                  7 He was preaching: "Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals.
                  8 I have baptized you withf water, but He will baptize you withg the Holy Spirit."
                  References for Mark 1:8

                      The Baptism of Jesus

                      9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
                      References for Mark 1:9
                          10 As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove.
                          11 And a voice came from heaven: You are My beloved Son;h I take delight in You!i j
                          References for Mark 1:11
                            • h 1:11 - Ps 2:7
                            • i 1:11 - Or In You I am well pleased
                            • j 1:11 - Isaiah 42:1

                              The Temptation of Jesus

                              12 Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.
                              References for Mark 1:12
                                  13 He was in the wilderness 40 days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels began to serve Him.