Welcome to Day 1 of Higher Bible reading! You might be wondering, what’s the deal with reading your Bible anyway – after all, it’s just an old book full of old stories and old ideas, isn’t it? Well not only is it the most famous book on the planet, one with the power to change the world, it could also change your life. Feeling sceptical? Put it to the test. For the next 30 days, let Mark’s Gospel grab you by the skinny jeans and bring you face-to-face with the story of Jesus. Today we’re going to read the first half of Chapter 1.


Today's reading is from Mark 1:1-16. You can find it on page 761 of your Higher Bible.
You can also read it online here.


John the Baptist opens Mark’s Gospel by shining a light in your eyes and pouring water over your face. Wake up, he screams, get ready for the story of your life! You’ve been living your life upside down and now here’s someone to put you back on your feet: Jesus. The invisible God is being made visible. It all begins with the heavens opening up to say, ‘I love you.’ And the next sixteen chapters are going to show us how God loves us. But we’ll get to that.


In Mark 1:11, God says to Jesus: ‘You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.’ This is a picture of how God feels about you too. Ask God to help you understand how much he loves you.

Live It

Inspired by God’s love for you, try showing someone you care for them today. It could be as simple as washing the pots without being asked or messaging someone with a word of appreciation. Go on – show a bit of love!


Well that’s it for Day 1! Easy enough wasn’t it? Tomorrow we’ll be exploring Jesus in the desert as well as the calling of the first disciples. See you then!

Say What?

What does Baptism mean? Basically, it’s plunging people into water. John the Baptist did his plunging in the River Jordan, as a way of cleaning people up, getting them spick and span, ready for Jesus’ arrival. Jesus was baptised as a sign he was ready to start his mission. Christians today are baptised as a way of celebrating being cleaned of their sins and signing up for Jesus’s mission too!