December 5, 2021


Mark 1:1-8

John the Baptist Prepares the Way


1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[1] the Son of God,[2] 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
   who will prepare your way”[3]—
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
   make straight paths for him.’”[4]

4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 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. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 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. 8 I baptize you with[5] water, but he will baptize you with[6] the Holy Spirit.”


  1. Mark 1:1 Or Jesus Christ. Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One.

  2. Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts do not have the Son of God.

  3. Mark 1:2 Mal. 3:1

  4. Mark 1:3 Isaiah 40:3

  5. Mark 1:8 Or in

  6. Mark 1:8 Or in