2ND BOOK OF NEW TESTAMENT
Author is Mark
Written in A.D. 64-68
Mark means “Yahweh has been gracious”
The theme of persecution dominates the Gospel of Mark. Mark apparently had more interest in the work of Jesus than in the words of Jesus. Mark portrayed Jesus as a Man possessing every human emotion, moved by compassion, anger, frustration, mercy and sorrow.
Jesus’ suffering is emphasized to inspire believers to follow the same path of servant-hood.
Jesus’ anticipation was “everyone should be salted with the fire of God’s presence”.
Jesus was recognized as God’s Son, as an Agent and the Mediator of the blessings of the new age. After John the Baptist, fulfilled, his role as the forerunner to the Messiah, Jesus began His public ministry in Galilee by preaching the gospel of God and collecting few disciples. Jesus ministered among His own kind.
Jesus declaration of “All foods are clean” made Gentiles happy.
Though Jesus was Messiah and an anointed one of Yahweh and designated authority to represent Yahweh, Jesus made every attempt to conceal His true identity. The Messianic secret is part of the mystery of the Kingdom of God, understood only by insiders “to them that are without all these things are done in parables”. Messiah’s secret was kept for the progressive revelation of Christ and the faith pilgrimage of His disciples. God’s agent will not force anyone to recognize and accept him as God’s representative. They must learn the secret of Him on their own. He lets them think and understood until they could articulate the secret.
Along the way to Jerusalem Jesus indicated to His disciples that He was hungry and approached a fig tree to harvest its fruit. Jesus found no fruits on the tree. Jesus “answered” the fig tree and immediately He announced “no man eat fruit of this tree hereafter for ever”. The disciples who heard Him puzzled because it was not the season for figs. Without any explanation, Jesus led His disciples into Jerusalem where He cleansed Temple. From the distance the Temple gave every indication of Spiritual activity, but upon closer inspection Jesus found no Spiritual fruit. Israel, the fig tree, was supposed to provide a “House of prayer for all the nations”. Instead the religious leaders turned the devotion of worshipers into financial profit. In essence, when Jesus “answered” the fig tree, He pronounced a curse on the Jewish religious leadership and demonstrated His divine displeasure by cleansing the Temple. In word and deed, Jesus prophesied that God would no longer use Israel as the vehicle of salvation for humanity. In return trip the disciples found the cursed fig tree dead.
God has acted for His people by sending His Son as Agent.
God fulfilled the words of His prophets.
God announced His action through the herald, John the Baptist, in wilderness.
God’s endorsement of Jesus as His beloved Son showed He is the promised Lord.
God sustained His Son in the experience of testing in the wilderness.
The appearance of God’s Son as His Agent signaled the presence of the New Testament age.
Jesus announced the New Testament age.
The call to become fishers of men was a consequence of the presence of the New Testament age.
The unique authority of Jesus demonstrated the presence of the new age.
Healing through Jesus revealed the saving character of the new age.
The urgency of preaching was consistent with the presence of the new age.
The healing of a leper was evidence of the cleansing powers of the new age.
The Old Testament order failed to recognize God’s Son or the presence of the new age.
The old order People failed to recognize that Messiah had authority to forgive sins.
The old order People resented Messiah for forgiving outcasts and sinners.
The old order people failed to understand fasting was inappropriate when Messiah was present.
The old order people failed to recognize that Messiah was the Lord of the Sabbath.
The old order people displayed hardness of heart when it schemed to destroy Messiah.
The old order people regarded Messiah as demonic.
The old order people demanded Messiah for a sign.
The old order people challenged the authority of Messiah.
The old order people challenged the wisdom of Messiah.
The presence of God’s Son provoked a reaction from others.
Crowds followed Messiah to receive the blessings of the new age.
Unclean Spirits recognized the threat posed by the presence of Messiah.
Messiah appointed 12 people as His disciples to express His unique authority.
His family regarded Messiah, “the one who disturbs family peace”.
Messiah identified His true family as those who do God’s will in the new age.
Messiah used parables to reveal the character of the new age.
When Messiah conquered the adverse power of the sea, the reaction was awe.
When Messiah extended the salvation of the new age to the gentiles, the reaction was both terror and gratitude.
When Messiah addressed those who knew Him well, the reaction was feeling inferior and unbelief.
The God’s Son extended the blessings of the new age in spite of opposition.
Messiah extended the blessings of the new age through the 12 disciples, warning them to expect opposition.
The murder of the John the Baptist made to realize the death of Christ beforehand.
Messiah provided rest in the wilderness as a blessing of the new age.
Messiah provided relief to those who obey Him as a blessing of the new age.
Messiah provided healing to those who seek Him as a blessing of the new age.
Messiah changed the old order traditions with enduring commandments.
Messiah extended blessings to believing gentiles.
The 12 disciples failed to understand the significance of the blessings of the new age.
Messiah opened blind eyes as a sign of the new age.
After that His people recognized Messiah as God’s agent, and the mediator of the blessings of the new age.
Messiah exhibited the new age contradictory fact (paradox). That is suffering precedes victory of justification.
Messiah must experience suffering prior to victory by resurrection.
New age people participated in this contradictory fact. They learned the way to life is through death of oneself.
The transfiguration provides assurance that the victory will follow suffering.
Both, John the Baptist and Messiah exhibited the pattern of suffering and rejection followed by victory.
The powers of the new age are released through faith and prayer.
The contradictory fact of the new age is that greatness is expressed through humble service.
The fact of the new age accounts for the strict and safety measures as requirements of discipleship.
The creation intention of God for marriage is reaffirmed in the new age.
Entrance into the new age requires sacrificial commitment.
The contradictory opinion of the new age is reaffirmed though the experiences.
True discipleship responds immediately to the blessings of the new age.
By the presence of God’s Son, Jerusalem intensified the conflict between the old order and the new age.
The significance of the entrance of Messiah into Jerusalem was unrecognized.
The presence of Messiah in Jerusalem introduced judgment on the old order.
Messiah taught of His supreme dignity.
His teaching on the greatest commandment “love your God” vindicated Messiah.
Messiah exposed the inability of the old order to understand scripture.
Messiah exposed the Hypocrisy of the old order.
Messiah presented a proper response to the presence of the new age.
God’s Son foresaw impending disaster for Jerusalem and the old order.
Messiah warned of deception through those who falsely claim to act for God.
Messiah warns impending persecution and called for steadfastness.
Messiah warns of stealing and misuse of God’s words that causes desolation.
Messiah looked beyond the impending distress to triumph for His people.
The old order was unified in its action against God’s Son.
Representatives of old order determined to seize Messiah.
Mary Magdalene anointed Messiah for His burial.
Messiah announced His betrayal during the Passover meal.
Messiah was betrayed by one of His disciples.
Messiah provided His own symbol of the new age.
Messiah foresaw the failure and denial of His own follower Peter.
Messiah affirmed His will of submission to the will of God in Gethsemane.
Messiah experienced betrayal and arrest, fulfilling scripture.
Messiah was condemned, mocked, and brutalized by the old order.
The prophesy of Peter’s denial fulfilled.
The old religious order joined the political order to condemn God’s Agent.
Messiah was crucified as King of the Jews.
Messiah was acknowledged to be a Son of God by thief who was Roman.
Godly women witnessed the death and burial of Messiah.
The resurrection of God’s agent validated the presence of the new age.
Proof of the victory of Messiah was provided.