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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Just the Beginning

Mark identified everything in his Gospel as “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1). Trace Mark’s reporting of Jesus’ ministry and discover he wrote about Jesus’ exemplary baptism, His victory over temptation, His selection of disciples, miracles He performed, spiritual truths He communicated, forgiveness He extended, prophecies He revealed, His sinless life, His crucifixion, His resurrection, post-resurrection appearances, and His mandate to His followers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world. But, according to Mark 1:1, all this remarkable information about Jesus is just “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

The word “gospel” means good news, so we may rightly ask what further good news about Jesus can possibly lie beyond the good news Mark’s Gospel unfolds? Surely, Heaven responds, “Wait and see.” When we live in Heaven with Jesus, we will see Him in all His fullness and revel in His attributes, authority, and power.

Christianity is neither stagnant nor stale. It focuses on our ever-living Savior and teaches us to anticipate each tomorrow and the eternal day. For the Christian, life just keeps getting better and better until in Heaven it is at its best.