The Gospel Of Mark

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Mark is writing to Romans and he simply talks about what Jesus is doing and how busy He is, which is exactly what the Romans were doing building roads etc., they were busy people.

It was intended primarily for Romans and this appears probable when it’s considered that Mark’s Gospel makes no reference to the Jewish law, and that the writer takes care to interpret words which a Gentile would be likely to misunderstand.

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The phrase ‘at once’ or ‘straightway’ as the KJV translates it occurs nearly forty times in Mark’s Gospel, while in Luke’s Gospel, which is much longer, it is used only seven times, and in John only four times.

The word ‘immediately’ is used 12 times. The leading principle running through this Gospel may be expressed in the motto, ‘Jesus came, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom’. Complete Study Of The Gospel Of Mark

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In the very first verse, Mark announced that he would write about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It’s surprising, therefore, that he did not start out by telling about Jesus Himself; instead, he described the work of John the Baptist.

This was because John was to prepare the way for Jesus. John fulfilled this mission by preaching to get people ready for the coming of the Lord. Mark 1

The more popular Jesus became, the more outspoken His opponents’ attacks. Jesus and His disciples provided easy targets for their critics, because they refused to follow the religious traditions of their age.

Jewish tradition regarding the Sabbath day prohibited all activity, including plucking grain to eat, but Jesus and His followers ignored these cherished doctrines. Mark 2

Jesus was continually under attack. He was criticised because He forgave sins, ate with sinners, didn’t fast, didn’t observe the religious establishment’s Sabbath doctrines, and cast out demons.

He never cracked under the intense scrutiny and pressure. Much to the contrary, He continually affirmed principles that are extremely important even for our service to Him. Mark 3

Jesus’ ministry was breaking barriers on all fronts and came in two stages. 1. Preaching. 2. Teaching.

The teaching was usually done in the synagogue not outdoors by the seashore and so here we see teaching happening in a different place and in a different way, with the use of parables. This was something which was never done in the synagogues. Mark 4

Jesus can do what is humanly impossible.

First, the storm. The disciples were desperate, but Jesus calmed it with a mere word. Then the demoniac. Though many had tried, no one had been able to bind or subdue him. Jesus expelled the demons with a word and the man returned to normal. Then the woman. No physician had been able to heal her though she had spent all her money in the effort. With one touch, she was completely cured. Finally, the daughter of Jairus. Mark 5

Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth but it seems the teaching and the miracles that Jesus did were too much for those who knew Him from childhood. They weren’t prepared to accept Him for who He actually was.

You will notice they don’t call Jesus the carpenter’s son, but ‘the carpenter’, this suggest by the time of this event, Jesus father, Joseph has already died. Mark 6

Men continue to follow their own traditions and doctrines rather than God’s Word.

Just like the scribes and Pharisees, people today believe that their doctrines actually are God’s will. They haven’t learned how to distinguish between unnecessary rules and binding commands. Jesus showed how easy it is to tell the difference, look at their source! Mark 7

Jesus highlights the requirements for being a disciple because it’s so easy to imagine that you are a follower of Jesus when, in fact, you aren’t.

Discipleship isn’t mere church membership or moral living, it’s total devotion to Jesus Christ. It’s to die to self and live 100% for the Lord. Am I really Jesus’ disciple? Mark 8

Time and again the disciples demonstrated a lack of clear spiritual understanding, they saw Jesus multiply loaves and fishes, but failed to see that He could handle another food emergency.

Peter affirmed that Jesus was the Christ, but thought it best to give Him some needed ‘advice.’ He believed Jesus was great, but on the same level with Moses and Elijah. Mark 9

Jesus accepted humble people, even though the disciples tried to turn them away. He accepted the man who worked for Him but wasn’t in His personal company. He welcomed the children, He invited the blind beggar, He rejected those we might have accepted, a rich ruler with so much to offer, and all those who sought position and greatness.

The great one in the kingdom is the servant. Mark 10

Anyone can ask questions, but Jesus was the Master at asking THE question. Jesus asked the Jewish leaders an outstanding question, did John’s baptism come from God or man?

This is the question that we should ask about every religious practice. Anything that originates in man should be rejected, all that God commands should be carefully observed. Mark 11

We know what the Pharisees and Sadducees were like, they hated Jesus and they were always plotting for a way to get rid of Him.

And there were many reasons for this but one of the main reasons they wanted Jesus out of the way was because they could not or would not accept who Jesus was. Mark 12

We should not believe anyone who claims to be able to predict the date of the Lord’s return.

If Jesus didn’t know, surely no mere man does.

Anyone who claims to be able to discern the time of Jesus’ return by a careful study of prophetic texts is claiming to know more than the Lord Himself and should not be taken seriously. Mark 13

Peter did deny Jesus, but he repented. Judas was remorseful and returned the pieces of silver. But he later hung himself. There was a difference between the reaction of the two men to their discovery of what Jesus said each would do.

Peter’s reaction led him to return to faithfulness with a stronger conviction. Judas’ reaction led him to further guilt, and subsequently, to his own suicide. Mark 14

Although the Jewish leaders had tried Jesus and convicted Him of blasphemy, they led Him to the Roman governor Pilate for yet another trial.

The Jews didn’t have authority to carry out sentences of capital punishment that were determined by their own courts; capital crimes had to be tried by Roman officials. Mark 15

The Gospel of Mark closes with a note about the results of the great mission Jesus entrusted to the apostles. After He had ascended back to heaven, they went out and began to preach everywhere, just like Jesus told them. The Lord blessed their revelation of the Gospel message with signs to confirm it, just as He said He would. Mark 16


"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Hebrews 12:2