May 15, 2023

Monday – Gospels

Reading – Mark 1-2

Highlight Verse:

“And they left their nets at once and followed him.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭1‬:‭18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We start a new Gospel today. Mark is one of the synoptic Gospels. That means that it draws on the same material as Matthew and Luke. Many scholars believe Mark to be the source of the material which those other two Gospels build on with other sources.

It is believed that Mark (John Mark in Acts) got his accounts of Jesus from Peter.

You will see as we go through it that Mark gets right to the point. He moves the narrative along quickly and tends to have the subjects move quickly with terms like “immediately” and “at once”.

Whether the “at once” in today’s verse is literal or just expressing the fact that they left without second thought, it is obvious that the first apostles Jesus called were fully committed to following Jesus. They left behind their livelihoods and families to learn from the Messiah.

While we are not called to ditch our families, we would do well to have a strong commitment to learning from Jesus and following the mission that he has for us.

Are you fully committed to learning everything you can from Jesus?
Are you willing to do what you need to follow the mission Jesus has for you?

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