Mark is written for the Romans. Jesus is portrayed in this book as the “Servant”. This is a book of “Action”. Here are some fun facts:
- Mark is “John Mark”. He most likely wrote down what Peter told him.
- Mark was the one that fled when Jesus was arrested. (I think without his robe)
- The early Church in the book of Acts met in his Mother’s home (Acts 12)-super funny story too
- Nearly half of this book will be devoted to the Last Week of Jesus Life.
- He writes “now” or “and” 1,331 times (This is the book for me!! FAST!!)
A great verse in Mark
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The Romans, like many of us today, need religion to be practical and applicable. This is a book revolved around deed, not words. With that said, Mark writes like he just drank a pot of coffee (you young ones don’t even know what that means….about 6-8 cups). Look for his quick transition words: ...then, immediately, and, now straight away… (he doesn’t take a breath).
The book of Mark is a book of omission (with good reason), you will NOT read about:
- royal genealogy, no Magi visiting,
- no boy at the temple,
- actually no mention of Jesus as a boy at all
- no Sermon on the Mount,
- no quotes from Prophets, (they are there just not quoted)
- no divine titles are given to Him,
SOOOO if it omits all that what will it include? Good question. It will completely portray Jesus as our example as a humble and perfect Servant.