If someone said, “I have good news,” what do you think they might say next?  I received a promotion at work.  My friend is getting married.  We are having a baby.

In Mark 马可福音 chapter 1, the words new, news or good news “gospel” appear six times.

Discussion

  1. What is the good news “gospel” about?  Mark 1:1
  2. What did Jesus say was good news? Mark 1:14-15
  3. What did the people say was “new”?   Mark 1:27
  4. Why do you think the news about Jesus spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee? Mark 1:27-28
  5. How did Jesus interact with the leper (the man with leprosy)? Mark 1:40-41
  6. Since leprosy is a very contagious skin condition, why would Jesus’ actions be very compassionate and unusual?
  7. As the news of Jesus continued to spread, what was the result? Mark 1:45
  8. What have you learned about Jesus that you didn’t know before reading Mark 1 that is good news to you?

Word List & Helps
gospel – good news
leprosy – a serious disease that destroyed the skin and caused pain

Think about it!
Mark records The Temptation of Jesus in two sentences.
Find Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13 to read more about about The Temptation of Jesus.

Bible: Mark 1  马可福音

Introduction: The Messiah was greatly anticipated by the Jewish people as one who would rescue them from oppression.  The prophet Isaiah wrote about the Messiah over 1500 years earlier.  The words Messiah (Hebrew language) and Christ (Greek language) have the same meaning.  The Messiah Jesus Christ came to save us in a totally new way that is very good news!

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2as it is written by Isaiah the prophet,

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way”
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Jesus Announces the Good News

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.

32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.

43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

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Mark 1  马可福音  verses 1-10 in Chinese/English

1 : 1
神的儿子耶稣基督福音的起头,
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
1 : 2
正如先知以赛亚书上记着说,(有古卷无以赛亚三字)看哪,我要差遣我的使者在你前面预备道路
As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
1 : 3
在旷野有人声喊着说,预备主的道,修直他的路。
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
1 : 4
照这话,约翰来了,在旷野施洗,传悔改洗礼,使罪得赦。
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
1 : 5
犹太全地,和耶路撒冷的人,都出去约翰那里承认他们的罪,在约但河里受他的洗。
And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
1 : 6
约翰穿骆驼毛的衣服,腰束皮带,吃的是蝗虫野蜜。
And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
1 : 7
他传道说,有一位在我以后来的,能力比我更大,我就是弯腰给他解鞋带,也是不配的。
And preached, saying, There comes one mightier than I after me, the latch of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
1 : 8
我是用水给你们施洗,他却要用圣灵你们施洗。
I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
1 : 9
那时耶稣从加利利的拿撒勒来,在约但河里受了约翰的洗。
And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
1 : 10
他从水里一上来,就看见天裂开了,圣灵仿佛鸽子,降在他身上。
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: