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Mark: Jesus Christ The Servant (2 of 32)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
May 19, 1991
INTRODUCTION: Mark's gospel, the shortest one, has as its purpose to present the Lord Jesus as the suffering servant. The key verse is Mark l10:45, "For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." Mark's view of the Lord Jesus as a suffering servant accounts for the absence of many of Jesus' teachings in his gospel. It was not so much Jesus' words as His works that Mark emphasizes. Mark's gospel is a gospel of action, we see Jesus on the move. He heals first in one city and then in another. He moves rapidly from place to place. In Mark two words recur in the King James text, immediately and straightway, for example Mark 1:10 and 1:12. Those two words translate the same Greek word which conveys the idea of action.
AUTHORSHIP: For the Book of Acts and other passages of Scripture we know that John Mark, who wrote this gospel, was brought up in the Godly admonition of a Christian mother who was a follower of Jesus. John Mark became a servant of Paul and Barnabas and went with them on their first missionary journey. However, he got weary in the way and returned home to Jerusalem before the journey was completed. For that reason, Paul refused to take him on the second missionary journey but later in his last letter Paul said, "Bring John Mark with you; he is profitable to me for the ministry." John Mark was a man who understood what it meant to have a second chance and he was the same man the Holy Spirit used to write the second gospel. Mark came strongly under the influence of Simon Peter and there are substantial reasons why Bible scholars believe that Mark's gospel is in essence the result of Peter's eye witness accounts of the ministry of Jesus.
I. THE PRESENTATION OF THE SERVANT - Chapter 1:1-13
A. How Jesus was announced - vs. 2-8
1. Announcement by prophetic prediction - vs. 2-3 (Malachi 3:1, Isaiah 40:3, these references to John the Baptist)
2. Announcement by historic proclamation - vs. 4-8
a. Prophecy and history converged in John the Baptist
b. John pointed people to and prepared people for Jesus - vs. 7, 8
B. How Jesus was anointed - vs. 9-11
1. Jesus' baptism was for human identification - vs. 9
2. Jesus' baptism was for heavenly consecration - vs. 10 and 11
C. How Jesus was approved - vs. 12 and 13
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