The Gospel of Mark is generally believed to be the first of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). It is considered the model and often the source for Matthew and Luke. Most biblical scholars believe that the Gospel of Mark was written by John Mark, whom the Apostle Peter affectionately calls “my son” in 1 Peter 5:13. Because of their close relationship and many internal clues, we can surmise that the Holy Spirit used Peter’s first hand accounts in shaping this gospel. It was probably written between A.D. 64 and 70, to a mostly Gentile audience. Mark likely wrote from fast-paced Rome, which may account for his condensed and action-packed approach, often employing words like “immediately”. In any case, Mark is anxious to unveil to us who Jesus is, what His mission was, and how we are to respond to Him. In the first eight chapters, Mark focuses our attention on the power and authority of “the Son of God” who performs many mighty works. The second eight chapters reveal a Jesus with no less authority, but who is determined to take the lowly route of suffering and death, in order to fulfill His saving mission. As to our response, Jesus calls us to “repent and believe the good news” (1:15) and to endure suffering along with Him.
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