TheGospel of Mark and its main Message
Markwrote his Gospel with a definite purpose, namely – approval amongpeople not just a thought, but a belief that Jesus is the Son of God,the Messiah, is the one, whom everyone was waiting for. Markbasically tells about the life of Jesus Christ through his preachingand miracles, earthly death and resurrection.
Thereis a direct link with the Old Testament. At first sight it is strangethat the Gospel about Jesus Christ begins with John the Baptist,which quotes Isaiah. (Mark 1:1) But thinking about the features ofthat time, it becomes clear that a start has been specially conceivedby Mark to prove to the people that the prophet Isaiah has spokenabout Him, that His predecessor is John the Baptist. Mark proves itthrough life, preaching, healingthe sick people, forgiving sinners, and especially the death of JesusChrist. He predicts own death three times. (Mark 8:31,9:31, 10:33)
Inthe first century, there were many new Christians, former Gentiles,and Mark wanted to strengthen them in their faith, his gospel waswritten for them and such as they. Mark begins his Gospel with theproclamation of the true title of Jesus Christ – the Son of God.(Mark 1:1) Even His Apostles needed some time to realize that, manyof those He healed and fed did not know who He is. This once againemphasizes the idea of Mark – he was aiming to tell the truth topeople about who Jesus really was. The Gospel is not written inchronological order Mark is not intended to make it. He simplywrites down the words of Peter about the events in the life of JesusChrist.
Byunderstanding the purpose of writing the Gospel of Mark, it is alsoclear that even after so many years, the goal is still of currentinterest. There are so many people in the world, who do not believein Jesus as the Savior, do not realize that he is the very Messiah,that he suffered for us and because of us. That is why the Gospel ofMark has a modern application and has not lost its relevance.
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