Mark demonstrates that Jesus is Israel's messiah who inaugurates God’s kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection.
The Gospel of Mark is a carefully crafted story that gives an account of Jesus' life and addresses the question of whether or not He is the Jewish Messiah.
The Gospel of Mark
An unexpected king
In the first half, everyone questions who He is, the middle questions the disciples' belief about Him and the second half tells how He became the Messiah. Many Jews hoped that the Messiah would overthrow the Romans and rule as king, but as we read this book, we see that He came as a servant to set up the kingdom of God on earth. While He is the Son of God, He also sacrificed His life to save people from slavery to sin. The book's abrupt ending challenges us to decide if we believe He is the Messiah.
John the Baptist, the messenger sent to prepare Israel for their Messiah and King, baptizes Jesus. God declares that Jesus is His son and the Messiah.
Jesus travels through Galilee introducing Himself to the people, forgiving sins and performing miracles as He shares the Old Testament story of God's rescue mission.
Jesus asks His disciples if they believe He's the Messiah. He explains that He is a servant and will give His life to save many.
Jesus and three disciples ascend a mountain where God affirms Jesus as His son. The disciples are reminded that He will suffer to provide salvation.
The Gospel of Mark is a story and ends abruptly and challenges us as readers to decide if we believe Jesus is the Messiah.
Mark L. Strauss
This week, guest writer Mark L. Strauss, scholar and professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego and author of "Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels," provides us an amazing essay on the Gospel of Mark, the second installment of four....