1. The Writer Is More Than Likely John-Mark
We discussed it in our first entry in the series, but the writer of the Gospel of Mark is more than likely John-Mark. The evidence surrounding John-Mark both in the Biblical narrative and from reliable historical sources point to him being the man. More importantly, this reveals that Christ chose a formerly wishy-washy Christian to write one of his four historical accounts. Not only that, but the Gospel of Mark is readily considered one of the easier to understand as it is concise and to the point. God gave this privilege and task to a guy that Paul didn't trust. What a testimony for redemption and confidence!
2. The Focus Is on The Ministry
As we mentioned in our second entry, the Gospel of Mark spends virtually no time on Christ's origin and little time on anyone else outside of Christ. You won't find extended stories about Joseph (Matthew) or Mary (Luke) and the disciples are more of a background than in the other stories. Christ takes the whole stage here and the focus is squarely put on his ministry.
3. Prophecy Matters And Keeping It Simple
We all know this, but when we read the opening of the gospel of Mark, John the Baptist gets first mention after Jesus. In the description of John, Mark doesn't tell us about his origin or early life. Mark simply quotes the Old Testament scriptures about john and simply details the main elements of John's ministry. Mark would back up his gospel and claims about Christ with Old Testament quotes (Mark 1:2-3, 7:6, 12:36, 13:14, 14:27, 15:34). He would also lay out Christ's ministry in a way that was simple and easy to understand, which is why it covers just as much ground as the others while remaining so short.
4. Christ's Ministry On Earth Was Action Packed
In the 16 few chapters of Mark, Christ is on the move. As we mentioned in our last look, he even refused to take a break to eat at times. This action filled account keeps the reader at the edge of his or her seat waiting to see what Christ will do and say next. It also testifies to us of the urgency with which we should live our lives. Remember, this comes from the pen of a man that once gave up on ministry. If he can turn it around and take this approach, so can we.
5. Christ Got Down And Dirty With People
Finally, we saw that Christ wasn't just about speaking the word or gently laying hands on people. In the two accounts we looked at, Christ used spit and dirt to heal men. He put his fingers in one's ears and rubbed his hands on the eyes of another. And yes, he did spit on his hand and put it in the mouth of the mute man!! Christ's ministry was up close and personal. It got dirty at times and invaded people's personal space. Will we let God invade our personal space? Will we let him do what needs to be done to get what he desires for us? Miracles and blessings are just a submitted heart away.
We hope you enjoyed this recap method. If we get enough positive feedback we will do more of these. Look for our next big announcement on Friday hopefully with our Vidcast for Mark. It's such a big announcement that we are postponing this series to cover it!
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.