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THE LESSON BACKGROUND. Mark’s gospel portrays Jesus as the Servant of the LORD sent to accomplish a specific work for God (see Mark 10:45). The book does not contain any references to the birth or childhood of either Jesus or John the Baptist. It begins abruptly with the ministry of John, the prophesied messenger who would prepare the way before the LORD (see Mark 1:2-3). Luke revealed that John began his ministry in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius (see Luke 3:1-3). John was about thirty years old at this time. Jesus was about the same age since John was only six months older than Jesus (see Luke 1:36). Our lesson begins after Mark introduced John the Baptist as “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make his paths straight” (see Mark 1:3).