Oct 08, 2017 | Andy Voelker
The Beginning of the Good News
Today we begin a ten-week journey in the life of Christ, through the gospel of Mark. The message of Mark’s gospel is captured in a single verse, Mark 10:45: “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.” Chapter by chapter, the book unfolds the dual purpose of Christ’s life: service and sacrifice.
Mark portrays Jesus as a servant on the move, instantly responsive to the will of the Father. By preaching, teaching and healing, He ministers to the needs of others even to the point of death. After the Resurrection He commissions His followers to continue His work in His power—servants following in the steps of the Perfect Servant.
Mark’s gospel is unique, it is not a biography of Jesus, like Matthew or Luke, for instead this gospel is a record of Jesus’ actions and achievements. It presents Jesus as Savior-King who conquers demons, disease and death. The emphasis on Jesus’ mighty works, makes this gospel the most fast paced and action packed of all.