The Gospel of Mark

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” ~ Mark 1:1

With these words the Gospel writer Mark invites us into a new adventure… a new beginning with the greatest news the world has ever heard… the good news that God has come through Jesus Christ to bring His perfect rule and reign to earth. And God’s rule and reign calls us to be and transforms us into people who are servant-hearted & kingdom-minded.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for man” (Mark 10:45). This is the key verse in the Gospel of Mark. This is the verse that gives us a vision of the mission of Jesus Christ, the God-Man. Matthew’s Gospel shines the light on Christ as Messiah King. Luke’s Gospel shows Jesus as the compassionate Savior to all. John’s lofty gospel focuses on proving to the whole world that Jesus is fully God.  But Mark’s picture of Jesus is earthy… focusing on Jesus as the Servant, the Son of Man, who came to give His life as the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53).

The shortest of the four Gospels, Mark’s style is quick and compact. His style focuses on the action taking place in the stories of call, confrontation, and change. But as we get to chapter 11, it all goes into slow-motion as he fixates on the Passion Week and the Cross… the ultimate place of call, confrontation, and change… the place where the Son of Man, the Servant of God does away with sin and death and gives all of earthy humanity the opportunity to join God in His great kingdom mission… the kingdom where the first are last and the last are first.

Ultimately, Mark’s great Gospel is a call and challenge to be servant-hearted & kingdom-minded. Will you answer the call and live in the challenge?

2 Replies to “The Gospel of Mark”

  1. Pastor, Leesha and I are just finishing “Fifth Seal” 1 of 12 volumes in Bodie & Brock Thoene’s AD Chronicles. We have two copies which we read to each other. Mary and Joseph have just made it into a lambing cave and have brought the Savior into the world. We have really enjoyed reading the Great Story from the “sanctified imagination” of Bodie and Brock Thoene. It makes a wonderful companion to our regular Bible studies. Their historical research fills in amazing details in a way that is captivating and informative.

  2. Your message from Sunday hammered home the fact, or evidentially supported theory, that Mark was actually acting as Peter’s scribe. Thanks for that insight.

    Also, RE: the servant hearted/kingdom minded thing. I find myself waking up each morning without a servant’s heart. Mostly I am crabby, worn out and exhausted. It’s a broken body thing, a broken brain thing, living in a broken world thing. I do find myself waking up mindful, however; alert and aware of the fact that all is not well with my morning, yet. Yet is the key here. The first thing I do is get on my knees and recite a couple of prayers that help me get into the Kingdom minded state. Then I snag a cup of coffee. By then my mind is more Kingdom oriented and I do the things I know I need to do. Doing these things are servant oriented tasks which continue to drive my day in a Kingdom direction. The point is, I have to get the mind started before the heart will follow.

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