Mark’s Gospel is the shortest of the four accounts of Jesus’ life contained in the Bible. It is fast-paced and full of action. 

Take a guided tour of the first section of Mark's gospel and scroll down to continue reading the rest of the book. 


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Mark 1:1-20 - Jesus announces the good news 

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
  who will prepare your way,
3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt round his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.


Explore this section 

  1. Mark begins his book of good news with three statements about Jesus. What does each of these people say about Jesus?
    • The Old Testament prophets (messengers) (Mark 1:2-3)
    • John the Baptist (Mark 1:7)
    • God himself (Mark 1:11)
  2. What is the message that Jesus wanted people to hear (Mark 1:14-15)?
  3. What do you think it was about Jesus and his message that made the fishermen choose to follow him (Mark 1:18, 20)? 

The Christianity Explored course is a guided tour through Mark's Gospel looking at the person of Jesus.

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Continue reading Mark's Gospel 

Mark's Gospel continues further by explaining further who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him.