The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
I. A WONDERFUL THING HERE BEGUN. The gospel — good news, etc. One might have expected justice and wrath to make an end of sin and sinners, instead of a beginning of a new dispensation of mercy and love.
II. A WONDERFUL BEGINNING of this wonderful thing. So unostentatious — one man preaching in a wilderness; so solemn — one voice disturbing the silence; so novel — a way prepared for another man; so strangely answering to ancient prophecy.
III. This wonderful beginning of the wonderful new, was the BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE WONDERFUL OLD. Yet no one thought that a dispensation so solemnly inaugurated, marked by prophets, sustained by miracles, was having its death knell tolled by that one man in the wilderness.
(J. C. Gray.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;