Daily Devotions


Day 22

Day 22

Text: Mark 1

"Whom having not seen you love..." 1 Peter 1:8a


Mark had a most distinctive style of writing. There is no mistaking the tremendous sense of energy in his Gospel. This power is well expressed in the way he relates one event after another.

1. Introduction of John as the forerunner

With the barest of information, but with great conviction nevertheless, Mark described John as the one who fulfilled Biblical prophecies concerning the forerunner of the Messiah which John had a most effective ministry in.

2. Introduction of Jesus as the Messiah

With great swiftness Mark introduces Jesus. He was baptised, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit of God as a dove alighted on Him. The pace of movement is almost breathtaking. The energy of the author must be appreciated.


In the same vein, Mark described how Jesus was tempted by the devil. There was, as may be expected, no attempt to describe the temptations in any detail.

“And He was there in the wilderness forty days,
tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts;
and the angels ministered to Him.”
MARK 1:13

In his usual terse way, Mark noted the following aspects:-

1. Description of the Location to which the Spirit of God had driven Jesus

The wilderness

2. Duration of the stay in the wilderness

Forty days!

3. Dangers that came with being in the wilderness

Wild beasts

4. Deadly temptations

These came from Satan (Cf. Matthew 4; Luke 4)

5. Deliverance (help, protection etc)

Angels ministered to Him (Exactly how, we are not given any information)

The significance of this brief description must not be lost! It would take nothing less than the Person and the Power of the Spirit of God to enable Jesus to survive the wilderness experience.