Jesus is the most extraordinary person to ever walk the earth. He confirmed this with remarkable miracles. Calming a storm, he demonstrated his power over the natural world. Casting out demons, he proved his power over the spiritual world. Raising people from the dead signaled his power over death and life. No ordinary person could do such things. He was, and is, the Son of God.

His death was extraordinary, too. The world fell into darkness as he suffered. In agony himself, he thought of others, praying, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a). The earth itself shook as he died. The heavy veil in the Temple, intended to separate a holy God from sinful people, was ripped open. A Roman military officer, watching Jesus die confessed, “Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39).

Throughout approximately 2,000 years, countless others have made a similar affirmation. No other person has been honored by so many people, in so many places, over so many years. Extraordinary!

Mark takes us to the beginning of the gospel, or “good news” that happened long ago, but the purpose of the gospel is what happens today. As we consider the events of Jesus’ life, we add our own confession of faith in this remarkable person. “Truly,” we say, “he is the Son of God and the Lord of life.” We worship him … and live for him.

Lord, I ask that the gospel story, which began long ago, would continue today through me. Help me to continue the gospel story today where I live and with the people I know. You are the Son of God. Help me to be a faithful disciple. Amen.

Go Deeper — How will you continue the gospel story today? What actions or words will demonstrate to others you believe Jesus is the Lord and are trying to live the way he taught us to live?

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