Mark 1:1-33 - Ministry of John the Baptist
The beginning of the gospel is about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. [Jesus never used the title "Son of God" to describe himself. However Mark uses this title at Jesus' baptism and transfiguration. The title became more popular after Jesus' death and ressurecction and is widely used in churches today. In Jewish scriptures the King of Israel was sometimes called "God's Son".
It is written in Isaiah the prophet:
"I will send my messanger ahead of you,
Who will prepare your way"
"A voice of one calling in the desrt,
"Prepare the way for the Lord,
and make straight paths for him."
And so John came baptizing in the desert regiions and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countrysude and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by the Jordan RIver. John wore clothing made of Camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandles i am not worthy to stop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy spirit."