I’ve always found the book of Mark very interesting to read. It’s like speed reading the story of Jesus. Mark goes through each part of the story very quickly, but does an amazing job of catching all the important parts of the story. I also think it’s interesting that the book skips the first 30 years of Jesus’ life and goes straight to John the Baptist and Jesus’ ministry. The first chapter alone is packed with information.
What caught my attention right away was how quick we go to where Jesus is baptized. We then slow down long enough to see the Spirit descending on Jesus. However, this brings up a question in my mind… In the notes of my Bible it only says that the Spirit descending on Jesus proves His divinity and that He is part of the Trinity. I’m having a hard time understanding how He can be part of the Trinity and accept the Spirit at the same time. Wouldn’t He already have the Spirit in Him since He is God through the Trinity? I’m a bit confused… can anyone shed some light here?
Another thing that is fascinating is in verses 23-25 where an evil spirit recognizes Jesus as the “Holy One of God”. It is amazing to think that evil spirits know Him just as well as the heavenly ones. What becomes clear is that evil exists in this world and will continue to live here. We should never be surprised when bad things happen.
Finally, the passage I really love in this chapter is Mark 3:40-42, “40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.” We should never underestimate the amount of compassion God has for each of us. When we are hurting, He has compassion for us and He never leaves us to deal with it on our own.