The Gospel According to

St. Mark

King James Version


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John the Baptist preaches the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins to a group of followers in Bethabara as Jesus approaches. People who came to see John included priests, publicans (tax collectors) and soldiers. After hearing John preach, some thought John might be the Christ. But John tells them "one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire" (Luke 3:1-22). Compare also with Matthew 3:1-17, Mark 1:1-11 and John 1:6-11. Alexander Ivanov painted Appearance of Christ to the People for 20 years (1837-1857). Image Source

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The Gospel of Mark, like Matthew and Luke, provides a history of Jesus from birth to death, resurrection and ascension to heaven plus about 20% unique content. The book's most popular verses are quotes from Jesus on the power of belief: "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23) and "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24).

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  • Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

    Jesus, Mark 11:24

Jesus is baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. When Jesus came out of the water "he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mark 1:10-12) Also see Matthew 3:16-17Luke 3:21-22. The Baptism of Christ by José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior (1895) Image Source


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