Summary of the Book of Mark

From Issue: Discovery 7/1/2016

John Mark, the writer of this gospel account, was the cousin of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10) and the son of Mary (Acts 12:12). He went on Paul’s first missionary journey, but wound up leaving and earning Paul’s disfavor. So, on Mark’s next trip, he traveled with Barnabas in his preaching work, while Paul took Silas (Acts 15:36-40). The Bible records that Mark later regained Paul’s favor (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 24).

Central Theme:

Writing to Romans (notice how he carefully explains Jewish customs), Mark shows Jesus as the Servant who acts for the good of others, unlike the Roman Caesars who would have considered such behavior as weak. Mark expresses the importance of Christ’s servanthood by verifying His deity (backed by miracles). He gave more attention to what Jesus did than what He said, and focused on His ultimate sacrifice on behalf of others. (One-third of the book is spent on Christ’s last week before His death and resurrection.)

The central verse that basically divides the book into two parts and serves as the theme of the book is 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Outline of Mark:
  1-10   The daily service of the Servant
  11-16   The ultimate sacrifice of the Servant


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