The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Work Begins
“I’m going to build a shed!” With great optimism and determination Tom announced his plan. Tom’s neighbor was a little more guarded. George was a contractor by profession, so he thought a few questions were in order. “Do you know what kind of shed you want?” “Do you know where you are going to build it?” “Do you know if you need a permit?” Tom, undeterred by the questions, responded confidently, “I haven’t a clue, but I’m going to start today.”
How blessed I am that God doesn’t work this way. When he first announced his plan to send a Savior, it was simple and direct—the seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head. As time went on, God added more details. Not only did he create a specific plan, he carefully measured it out and staked it off. He even laid a secure foundation on which to build. Then the time came for the work to begin.
This is what Mark announced when he wrote, “the beginning of the gospel.” This wasn’t the first mention of God’s good news to rescue sinners. It was the beginning of the actual work, and that work would be accomplished by Jesus Christ the Son of God.
It is a message which brings me great joy and peace. It is also a message which gives me a secure foundation and an unshakable hope.
God didn’t go about my rescue in a haphazard way. He planned it in eternity. He proclaimed it through the Scriptures. He accomplished it through his Son. This gospel offers me the good news of my forgiveness. It comforts me with the hope for heaven. It even provides me with confidence to face the challenges of life and strength to endure times of temptation.
When the time was right, God sent his Son into the world for the work of rescuing sinners. Now I celebrate that Jesus has come, and rejoice that my rescue is secure.
O gracious Lord, you have blessed me with the good news of my Savior. Give me the faith I need to rely on the testimony of your Word and the completed work of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.