The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Mark 1.1-2

And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mark 1.11

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4.4 (A parallel passage of Mark 1)

As we read the introduction to Mark we can’t help but take notice that the gospel of Jesus Christ rests upon the fulfillment of the Word of God. The prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi are fulfilled in the person of John the Baptist, the messenger. (Isaiah 40.3, Malachi 3.1) Shortly thereafter we read the Father’s affirmation of the Son. The very voice of God booms from heaven announcing great pleasure. Mark does not record the temptation dialogue. But we read elsewhere, in Matthew’s gospel, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Jesus overcame Satan’s temptations by responding with the the word of God. Within a brief time we can read about the numerous occasions emphasizing the word of God. The foundation of Christ’s ministry was the word of God. Therefore we should recognize the important role of God’s word in our lives.

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