Today is Day 75 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
We’re 2 books deep into the New Testament and both books have been all about Jesus so far – I love it! Bonus: we still have two more all-about-Jesus books to go!
Mark is the shortest of the 4 Gospels – only 16 chapters. I have a hard enough time trimming down my sermons at times, I can’t imagine trimming down the life of the Savior of the world to include in a book! Thankfully Mark had God to help him decide what to include and what to exclude. Mark is like the Cliffs Notes of the Gospel. Mark covered in the first chapter what took Matthew 4-5 chapters to cover. He wastes no time getting right to the heart of Jesus’ ministry and call of His disciples.
Mark was probably born about 15 years after Jesus, so he would have been a teenager when most of the crucial events he reported were going on. Thankfully for him, his mother, Mary (not Jesus’ mother), was a devout woman who loved the Lord. If you were raised in a Christian home in a religious culture that was actually far from the Lord (like American culture), you can relate to Mark.
Mark was not one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. Of the Gospel writers, only Matthew and John were. He was, however, highly involved in ministry. You can find his name throughout the book of Acts, Colossians, 2 Timothy, and 1 Peter. He not only had the privilege of witnessing much of Jesus’ ministry, but also of serving side by side with Paul the Apostle! What a privilege!
Many people believe that he is pictured anonymously in his own book as a young man who fled the scene of Jesus’ arrest…
“Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him, and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.” – Mark 14:51-52
Was Mark a streaker? Maybe. Not on purpose, but out of fear, it seems. Don’t hold it against him!
Most people agree that much of the detailed information that Mark recorded came from Peter, who would have been there for all of the events. Those events were important, because Mark wrote his book in an effort to show Jesus as a servant. A key verse in Mark is…
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
Jesus was always serving someone in some way. Whether it was healing, casting out demons, washing feet, forgiving sin, or some other way. That’s what Jesus came to do…and He was good at it!
After all, it takes a servant to leave the throne room of heaven and condescend to our messed up, sinful planet! He gave up a golden throne surrounded by angels and took a dirty feeding trough surrounded by barn animals instead! THAT is a Servant!
Here’s the question that comes to my mind after reading about Jesus in the book of Mark: how closely do I resemble the servant side of Jesus?
It’s one thing to write (or in my case, blog) about Jesus, but how do we compare when it comes to serving? Jesus set the example for us to follow. The question is: are we following it?