The Gospels tell the story of salvation from many different perspectives. Mark’s version is most famous because it seems to take the Jack Webb’s “Dragnet” approach. The famous Dragnet line was always, “Just the facts ma’am. Just the facts.” And as you read Mark, that is what you get.
God planned Jesus entrance from the dawn of time and knew that preparation was critical. He sent John the Baptist ahead to lead the people of the time to a place of personal responsibility for their sin. Once they saw their sin as personal they could begin to see their salvation as personal. Once they saw their salvation as personal, they could see their relationship with God as personal and that is where Jesus comes in.
In our lives, we have the same issue even today. It is easy to rely on our checklist for salvation. We think if we are good enough, at church enough or at least not as bad as others, then we will be fine. But as John told the Jews—we have to repent of our sin, turn and go the other way. Agree that we cannot earn our salvation by deed or promise; and simply accept that he sent Christ to redeem us from our sin and restore us to a right relationship with God. God prepared for our redemption and his plan was flawless. Help me Lord, to accept the plan you made and not try to do things my way.
God Bless You
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with[e] water, but he will baptize you with[f] the Holy Spirit.”