Kingdom Power (Mark 1:29–39) John MacArthur
This morning I want to invite you to turn back to the first chapter of the gospel of Mark. As you remember, Mark opens his history of the life and ministry of Jesus in verse1 with a declaration of truth, that is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That is the affirmation that Mark will prove. He says it at the beginning, he is going to write a history, at least the beginning of the history of Jesus Christ the Son of God. To say that any man is the Son of God is a grandiose statement. It must be supported and so Mark begins immediately to give unmistakable testimony to the fact that his identification of Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God, is supportable.
The Old Testament promised a forerunner would come who would announce the arrival of the Messiah. Mark introduces us to that forerunner, John the Baptist, and quotes John the Baptist in verse 7 who said, “After me, one is coming who is mightier than I and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. I baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” And so, Mark first gives us affirming testimony to the deity and messiahship of Jesus Christ from the forerunner, John the Baptist….