Mark 1



Mark 1 sets the stage for Jesus' ministry by introducing John the Baptist, highlighting the baptism and temptation of Jesus, and illustrating his authority in teaching and healing. The chapter establishes the urgency of repentance and the proclamation of the kingdom of God.


  1. The Ministry of John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-8): Mark opens with a proclamation that this is the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He introduces John the Baptist, who appears in the wilderness, preaching a message of repentance and baptizing people in the Jordan River for the forgiveness of sins.
  2. The Baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:9-11): Jesus comes from Nazareth to be baptized by John. As he comes out of the water, the heavens open, the Holy Spirit descends on him like a dove, and a voice from heaven declares, "You are my beloved Son; with you, I am well pleased."
  3. Jesus' Temptation in the Wilderness (Mark 1:12-13): The Spirit immediately drives Jesus into the wilderness, where he spends forty days being tempted by Satan. He is with the wild animals, and angels minister to him.
  4. Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee (Mark 1:14-15): After John the Baptist is arrested, Jesus goes to Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
  5. Jesus Calls His First Disciples (Mark 1:16-20): Jesus walks by the Sea of Galilee and calls Simon (Peter), Andrew, James, and John, who are fishermen, to follow him. They immediately leave their nets and follow him.
  6. Teaching and Healing in Capernaum (Mark 1:21-34): Jesus goes to Capernaum and teaches in the synagogue with authority. He also casts out an unclean spirit from a man. That evening, many people come to him for healing and exorcism.
  7. More Healing and Preaching in Galilee (Mark 1:35-39): Jesus rises early to pray and then continues his ministry, healing the sick and preaching in various places throughout Galilee.
  8. Cleansing a Leper (Mark 1:40-45): A leper comes to Jesus, asking to be cleansed. Jesus, moved with compassion, touches the leper and heals him, instructing him to show himself to the priests and offer the appropriate sacrifices.