The gospel of Mark, I was taught, was written to encourage the early Christians in the face of persecution.
The beginning of the good news
Into this, is good news, clean news, pure news. The voice that speaks with authority, and without fear. Praise you, Jesus –
of Jesus Christ
Jesus, what beautiful name.
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
The pure Spirit of God, again. The one who deserves out attention, and love. The one upon whom to set the heart.
Jesus called people to Him (1.16 – 20), and taught (1.21 – 22), and as he taught, a man with an unclean spirit cried out to him.
(With authority, Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to come out of him.)
Jesus who casts out demons.
Jesus fame grew.
Jesus healed people and cast out more demons.
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
Jesus, what a safe place to be.
(You may want to picture yourself, drawing near to Jesus at this time, and in His peace.)
Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”
… Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country
A picture of power and purity.
A volatility surrounded Jesus, and he continued on his mission.