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?