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What is a Messiah?
· 1. the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people.
· 2. Jesus Christ, regarded by Christians as fulfilling this promise
and expectation. John 4:25, 26.
· 3. ( usually lowercase ) any expected deliverer.
The Greek word for Messiah is Chrstos, both words mean
`anointed one'. Traditionally, expensive ointment is poured on
someone or something to show that it is sacred. This is why
Jesus is known as Jesus Christ. It means the same thing as saying
that Jesus was the Messiah, the expected deliverer of the Jewish
people. That he was sacred, he was the chosen one.…read more

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Was Jesus the Messiah?
· The Messiah was predicted to come by prophets in the Old
Testament (the book of Isaiah especially)
· When the gospel writers want to show that Jesus was the
Messiah of prophecy, they include the things that Jesus said
that were exactly the same as the prophecies.
· Mark seeks to prove that Jesus is the Messiah of prophecy
and, in addition, Mark's gospel tells us what kind of Messiah
Jesus is when he does arrive.
· It is important to note that the Jewish people hoped for a
Messiah that would be a strong ruler or military leader,
someone who would help them overthrow their enemies, the
occupying Roman troops. They did not expect a peaceful man
who would teach about tolerance towards others and loving
everyone as if they are your neighbour.…read more

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John the Baptist prepares the way (Mark 1:1-
8) [a]
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of
God,[b] 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger
ahead of you,
who will prepare your way"[c]-- Remember this
"a voice of one calling in the wilderness, Bible passage!
`Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.'"[d]
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[e] water, but he will
baptize you with[f] the Holy Spirit."
a) Mark 1:1 Or Jesus Christ. Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One.
b) Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts do not have the Son of God.
c) Mark 1:2 Mal. 3:1
d) Mark 1:3 Isaiah 40:3
e) Mark 1:8 Or in
f) Mark 1:8 Or in…read more

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Context and Importance
John the Baptist sees himself as fulfilling the prophecies of two of the OT prophets
(Malachi and Isaiah) in preparing the way for the Messiah. Because John sees himself
in this role we get our first indication that the Messiah is coming. John's relationship
with Jesus is like that of a servant or a slave, such is Jesus's importance.
Malachi 3 Isaiah 40:3
1 3
"I will send my messenger, who will prepare A voice of one calling:
the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord "In the wilderness prepare
you are seeking will come to his temple; the the way for the LORD;
messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, make straight in the desert
will come," says the LORD Almighty. a highway for our God."
· The line "I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." is
incredibly important. It shows that the Messiah will be able to wash away sin with grace
(the ultimate love and forgiveness of God) through the Holy Spirit. This is the first time
we see that Jesus has a close connection with the Holy Spirit.
· Perhaps we are beginning to see the first signs of a trinity between Jesus, the Holy Spirit
and God himself.
· It shows that John identifies himself with someone preparing the way for the Messiah,
and that the Messiah will have the power of the Holy Spirit within him.…read more

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The baptism and temptation of Jesus
(Mark 1: 9-11)
At that time Jesus came from
Nazareth in Galilee and was
baptized by John in the Jordan.
Just as Jesus was coming up
out of the water, he saw
heaven being torn open and
the Spirit descending on him
like a dove. 11 And a voice came
from heaven: "You are my Son,
whom I love; with you I am well m
Bible ber this
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