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Seven short verses, three major events (vv. 9-11; 12-13, 14-15). Consider how they all relate to Christ’s gospel ministry.

BibleGateway: Mark 1:9-15

ESV Text: Mark 1:9-15

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:55 and ends at about 1:52

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     9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

     14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 61:
Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People

— Organ Audio

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1. Comfort, comfort, ye My people, 
Speak ye peace, thus saith our God; 
Comfort those who sit in darkness, 
Mourning ‘neath their sorrows’ load. 
Speak ye to Jerusalem 
Of the peace that waits for them; 
Tell her that her sins I cover 
And her warfare now is over. 

2. Yea, her sins our God will pardon, 
Blotting out each dark misdeed; 
All that well deserved His anger 
He no more will see or heed. 
She hath suffered many a day, 
Now her griefs have passed away; 
God will change her pining sadness 
Into ever-springing gladness. 

3. Hark, the Herald’s voice is crying 
In the desert far and near, 
Bidding all men to repentance 
Since the Kingdom now is here. 
Oh, that warning cry obey! 
Now prepare for God a way; 
Let the valleys rise to meet Him 
And the hills bow down to greet Him. 

4. Make ye straight what long was crooked, 
Make the rougher places plain; 
Let your hearts be true and humble, 
As befits His holy reign. 
For the glory of the Lord 
Now o’er earth is shed abroad, 
And all flesh shall see the token 
That His Word is never broken.