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Mark

April 30, 2018

Mark c. 64-68 was written to show Jesus as the Servant of the LORD. What is more, Mark presented Jesus as God, Christ and Son of God. Mark is a historical narrative concerning the achievements of Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth in His first advent. As the account of Mark developed throughout its sixteen chapters, one cannot help but notice the book is one of immediate action. This is because the word immediately was used no less than 42x’s.

This synopsis is interested in what the Gospel of Mark taught about Jesus as Christ and Son of God as well as what it meant to be a follower of Him in four major ways, namely, who Jesus is and what He did, what God does to the follower of Jesus, what the follower of Jesus does and what the follower of Jesus does not do.

To start, concerning who Jesus was and what He did, Mark taught that Jesus is God, Christ and Son of God. For instance, during Jesus’ baptism God the Father spoke from Heaven and said, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased” (1:11 b-c). Likewise, during Jesus’ transfiguration God the Father said, “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” (9:7 d-e). What is more, Jesus revealed His divinity when He commanded the wind and the sea to be calm (cf. 4:35-41). He proved His deity by creating food (cf. 6:33-44) and He walked on water (cf. 6:47-52). Christ had authority in His teaching. In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated His authority by casting out demons (cf. 1:21-28) and healing the sick (cf. 1:40-45). Jesus revealed that He was the Christ and God the Son because He had the authority to forgive sins (cf. 2:5). He restored the blind men’s sight (cf. 8:22-26; 10:46-52). He prophesied His death, burial and resurrection (cf. 9:30-32; 10:33-34).

The very first words that came out of the Lord Jesus Christ’s mouth in the Gospel of Mark were “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (1:15b-d). Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ served God by preaching the Gospel of God. Preaching the Gospel took precedence over other things (cf. 1:38). What is more, Jesus was interested to “save a life” and was not interested in ritualistic false religion (cf. 3:1-6). This revealed His servanthood for those who suffer.

Next, Mark taught what God does to the follower of Jesus. As a prerequisite, to be a follower of Jesus God must baptize that person with God the Holy Spirit (cf. 1:8). What is more, a prerequisite to be a follower of Jesus is that He had to have paid for that person’s sins through His vicarious penal-substitutionary death on the cross in ransom payment to God (cf. 10:45). The cross work of Christ is the greatest action of self-sacrifice in history. Christ is the standard of servant in which no one else can compete.

In addition, to be a follower of Christ one must have a call from Him. In 2:17d-e Jesus said, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus called Levi the Son of Alphaeus and said to him “Follow Me!” (cf. 2:14). Likewise, in 3:13 Jesus summoned those whom He Himself wanted and they came to Him. Therefore, to be a follower of Christ, you must be called by God.

Furthermore, to be a follower of Christ one must have the secrets of the Kingdom of God revealed to them (cf. 4:10-12). God privately explained to His followers everything concerning the parables (cf. 4:34).

Third, Mark disclosed what the follower of Jesus does. To be a follower of Jesus Christ one must repent and believe the Gospel (cf. 1:15). To be a follower of Jesus Christ one must follow Him and be a fisherman of men (cf. 1:17; 8:34e). Furthermore, to be a follower of Jesus Christ one must deny himself, take up his cross, follow Christ, and lose his life for Christ and His Gospel (cf. 8:34-38). On must receive the Kingdom of God like a child to enter it at all (cf. 10:15). A follower of Christ must leave everything for Christ (cf. 10:28-31). As a final point, the key passage and centerpiece of Mark is 10:41-45 where Jesus told his disciples that to be great among each other they have to be servants of one another. Jesus Christ ultimately is the greatest because He became the greatest servant by dying for His followers in substitution on the cross (cf. 10:45).

Fourth, Mark taught what it meant to be a follower of Jesus by what the follower of Jesus does not do. For example, the follower of Jesus Christ does not honor Him by mere lip service and all the while have a heart far away from Him (cf. 7:6). The follower of Christ does not worship God in vain and does not teach as doctrines the precepts of men (cf. 7:7). Likewise, the follower of Christ does not set aside the commandment of God in order to keep their tradition (cf. 7:9). Finally, the follower of Christ does not lord it over others and exercise authority over others (cf. 10:42).

In conclusion, Mark taught that Jesus is God, Christ and Son of God and is the servant of the LORD. What is more, Mark taught what it means to be a follower of Him, namely, who Jesus is and what He did, what God has done to the follower of Jesus, what the follower of Jesus does and what the follower of Jesus does not do. Jesus is God in human flesh and died on the cross in substitution paying for the sins of everyone who would ever believe in Him for eternal life. The follower of Christ must have a call from Him and have the secrets of the Kingdom of God revealed to him. The follower of Christ becomes a servant like His Master by the power of God, serves His Master and others with self-sacrifice, and does not live as a totalitarian hypocrite.

Reader, Read the Gospel of Mark!

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