#066. This is our second of eight episodes in our mini-series entitled, Greatest Victory EVER! | Matthew to Acts. We’re just beginning our foray into the New Testament having overviewed the book of Matthew on our last episode. On this episode we’re going to overview the book of Mark.
The book of Mark is the shortest and most concise of the gospels speaking more of Jesus’ actions than his teachings. It is a face paced book with Mark using the Greek word euthus, which means immediately or suddenly, more than all the books of the New Testament combined.
John Mark, although unnamed in the text, is believed to be the author. Mark accompanied Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey and later was associated with Peter.
Scholars believe it was written in Rome around 65 AD and written for a face paced Roman audience. This gospel takes readers quickly from action-to-action recording people’s reactions to Jesus encounters along the way. Mark’s emphasis is on the last eight days of Jesus’ life, which accounts for forty percent of the text.
You’ll see on these overviews of the gospels, my point is not to overview the entirety of each book. Rather, I’ll track a theme through each book. I’ll be trying not to repeat parallel passages in these gospel overviews. The goal is to cover as much of the whole of what the four gospels combined convey about the life, ministry, persecution, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our LORD.
The theme were going to track on this episode involve Jesus encounters. You will notice throughout all the gospels people who encountered or heard about Jesus had one or two responses. The either were humbled and loved him or were insulted and rejected him. No one who encountered Jesus was indifferent about him; for example, saying “whatever.”
Once we get through the Jesus encounters, we’ll take the opportunity of Mark’s face paced book to focus on the passion of Christ found in Mark 15 to 16. We may add to this account from Luke and John, but the bulk of the passion account will be covered on this episode.
The pace of the book of Mark is made clear at the beginning. Mark opens with John the Baptist appearing in the wilderness preparing the way for Jesus preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus is baptized by John then tempted by the devil in the wilderness. And finally, John is put in prison. All that in the first fourteen verses.
Show Notes: https://47d800ed-2293-49f4-b1f4-6964b8bcb082.filesusr.com/ugd/ec4c20_6b3b217109de45d1a06a053579cf34b3.pdf
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