Who was Mark?
In a gospel written from Peter’s words to the fast paced Roman Empire, Jesus is constantly in action! Mark, perhaps the first gospel account written, opens with: “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God." God Himself ratifies the declaration in Mark 1:11: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
The Gospels record Christ's ministry to the four groups of people then and now in the world.
1. The Jews who loved the Scriptures and the prophecies of God, would only listen to one of their own. So Matthew speaks to the deeply religious Jews and the deeply religious of our day.
2. Mark spoke to the Romans. These were the leaders and leadership and action impressed them. They knew nothing of Scriptures but everything of power. So to this group comes the action packed Gospel of the powerful ministry of Christ. Mark uses the word “and” 1,375 times to tie together the endless actions of Christ. Like our modern successful businessman and woman, they want a God who can powerfully meet their deepest needs.
3. Luke was a Greek speaking to the Greeks. The Greeks loved culture, beauty and ideas. Happiness could be found in the pursuit of truth. Luke fills his book with insights, interviews, songs and details that fascinate the inquiring mind. So today the truth seekers find Jesus in Luke!
4. John wrote to everyone, because everyone needs to meet God and only Jesus can reveal Him. In this book we meet an absolutely powerful God in human flesh who controls and rules the Universe He created. So the best known verse is the best of all OFFERS that God loves all and offers all -- His Son as their only hope!
So to meet the eyes that saw all the exciting scenes in the Gospel by Mark, turn with me to II Peter 1:12-21. This is the testimony of Peter who was the source Mark used as he wrote. Listen to the confidence and joy of Peter as he looks back on those greatest days on earth he ever lived!
Mark's Gospel is EXCITING and secondly, Mark's Gospel is encouraging. As Mark sat to capture the words of Peter, inspired by God's Spirit, the start of over 600 miles of catacombs under the city of Rome had been started by Christians facing persecution.
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