One day Jesus left his hometown of Nazareth and went to the Jordan River where John the Baptist was busy preaching that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand and that men needed to repent and be baptized.
When Jesus asked John to baptize him, John objected, by saying:
I am the one who needs to be baptized by you.
Jesus reassured John that this is something he needed to do as a part of what God had already planned.
John then agreed to baptize Jesus. As Jesus came out of the water, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove came down from heaven and rested on Jesus. At the same time a voice thundered from heaven and said:
This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.
The very next day, Jesus passed by John the Baptist and two of John's disciples. John, seeing Jesus, proclaimed:
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
John’s two disciples, hearing this, began to follow Jesus.
Jesus, seeing them, followed and asked them:
What are you looking for?
Teacher, they replied:
Where are you staying?
Come and see.
The two men followed Jesus and spent the rest of the day with him.
One of the men was a fisherman named Andrew. After spending just a short time with Jesus, Andrew became convinced that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. He went and found his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus.
As soon as Jesus met Simon he looked at him with intensity and asked:
You are Simon, the son of John? You shall be called Peter.
Peter, whose name means ‘stone,’ became one of the most ardent disciples of Jesus and a personal witness to Jesus’ miracles and his teachings. Peter became one of the leaders of the first Christian church in Jerusalem after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
It was during that time that Peter became connected with a man named John Mark (simply known as Mark) Mark became Peter’s personal secretary. Mark wrote the story of Jesus that is called the Gospel of Mark.
Most biblical scholars agree that Peter was the authoritative source of Mark’s account. Mark was not one of the 12 disciples, but he was an eyewitness to many of the events surrounding Jesus’ life and was part of the wider circle of Jesus’ followers.
The Gospel of Mark is the second source that we will use to tell the harmonized story of Jesus.