The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Mark 1:1 NRSV)
This simple sentence which opens the gospel of Mark packs a powerful punch. This is the beginning of a story, and an invitation to become participants in the good news. The gospel story ends with the disciples being sent out to share this good news.
The idea of “good tidings” is not uncommon in the first century as this language is used by the Emperor when heralding a new and significant event. For Mark, this entire gospel begins the story of a new era, one which will be defined Christologically. Jesus, the man, is the Christ, or the Messiah. This is the One about whom the prophets had spoken long ago. From the very opening sentence we have this affirmation of Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. However, the final words are then the climax of the affirmation, because, not only is Jesus the Messiah, the anointed one on whom they have waited, but he is the very Son of God. This i…