This week as I was meditating on Chapter one (we are only to verse 21!); I noticed something kind of interesting...
Chapter one seems to be all about Preparation. Preparation FOR Jesus, Preparation OF Jesus, and Preparation BY Jesus.
- There was Preparation FOR Jesus by John the Baptist (1-8).
- There was Preparation OF Jesus by his Baptism and the Temptation in the Wilderness (9-13).
- There was Preparation BY Jesus by establishing his ministry. Here are a few things he established: His Message (14,15); His Core Friends (16-20); His Authority and Power in three ways--1) Mentally (teaching), 2) Spiritually (casting out evil spirits), and Physically (healing) (21-34); His Purpose (35-39); and indirectly His Place in Society (40-45).