Introduction – Mark

The Gospel of Mark gives us a vivid account of the life of Jesus.  Mark presents the person, works, and teachings of our Lord Jesus.  The target audience are the Roman Christians, who were very ready to hear of this Jesus Christ!  Mark’s goal is to dispel any rumors and prove without a doubt that Jesus is the Son of God!  The Author is Mark (John Mark), He was not one of the 12 apostles.  He was the cousin of Barnabas and accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey.  Though Mark & Paul had a falling out of sorts, Paul would later speak very highly of Mark and his ministry.  It is believed Peter brought him to Christ and much of the influence of this book is from Peter.

Mark 1

Vs. 1, “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  Having just read the Gospel of Matthew recently, we are going to get another perspective.  Consider it like four friends telling you about something that they either experienced or knew.  We get a richer understanding when we get all different sides of the story.  Mark doesn’t waste anytime getting right to the ministry of Jesus.  Of the twelve apostles, at least seven of them were fishermen and Jesus would begin by calling them to Him.  We see Jesus going to the synagogues and people’s houses (Andrew & Peter).  Teaching, healing and casting out demons.  Notice, how Jesus instructed others to not say who He was and would not let the casted out demons proclaim who He was.  Question: Why is this?  Jesus wanted to be as effective in reaching out without creating a crowd that just came for a spectacle.  Besides, He did not need others to testify who He was.  He would do that.  But after Jesus would go to heaven, then He would call us to go and make disciples!

 

Regarding application…Preaching.  Vs. 38, “Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”  These days, the word “Preaching” tends to have a negative connotation to it.  We may think, “My parents are always preaching at me to do better.”  “Why does the Pastor always “Preach”…at us.”  Brothers & Sisters…there are times for open sharing and bible studies.  There are times for intimate teaching and encouragement.  But there is also a time for straight-up “Preaching!”  Preaching is what Jesus did.  He set the example for us and solidified what the other prophets before Him did too.  We have some that look down on churches that emphasize “preaching.”  I even find myself calling it “Sharing Messages” rather than “Preaching”.  But let’s be thankful for the Godly reminders and people who have been called to share just like Jesus did for us!  And, lastly…preaching to others isn’t just reserved to pastors….You can find opportunities to “preach” to your friends and family about God and His love!