Did you get a good view of the great conjunction the other week when Jupiter and Saturn aligned? It was nothing compared to the King of Heaven, Jesus. He did not just position himself for observation but personally came to this earth. Jesus is the real Christmas star, and he brings heaven to earth in the kingdom of God.

Notes And Next Steps

Mark 1:1-15 + Part 1 of the series “Heaven On Earth"

What do you believe about Jesus?

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet. (Mark 1:1)

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:9-11)

Heaven is coming to earth, and the triune God is having a great time!

“I have brought you glory on earth.” (John 17:4)

At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. (Mark 1:12,13)

“The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)



        1. YOUR PICK: How many times does Peter appear in the gospel of Mark?
          A. 12
          B. 19
          C. 24
          D. 33
        2. BIBLE STUDY: What are some parallels and patterns we see in the beginning of the world (creation, fall into sin, gospel promise) and the beginning of God’s kingdom in the world through Jesus (baptism, temptation, gospel promise)?
        3. NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS: Refer to Mark 1:4-8 and Luke 3:4-18. Why was John the Baptist so popular with people? If he posted a podcast about 2021 New Year’s resolutions, what would he say?