Summary: As God prepared a way for mankind to be redeemed, He has prepared a way for you.
* Beginning series, Look At Jesus, A Study of the Book of Mark.
* “God prepares a way”
* For a theologians, Mark is an important Gospel.
* Many call this the Gospel of Peter.
* Mark, the author, is John Mark.
* We first find John Mark in acts. Peter is released from jail goes to where the church was meeting at John Mark’s mother’s house.
* Next, he on a mission trip with Paul and Barnabas.
* He is Barnabas’ nephew.
* He turned back and Paul thought he betrayed them.
* Paul and Barnabas were going on another trip, Paul protested over bringing Mark.
* The argument over john Mark became heated, and Paul took Silas.
* Barnabas took John Mark.
* Later, Paul found John Mark valuable to him in his ministry, as recorded in 2 Tim 4.
* John Mark was, according to early writers, a writer for Peter.
* Early Christian writers state that the early believers wanted to hear again and again the stories of Jesus as told by Peter.
* Peter recognized the gift of writing in his protege, John Mark.
* By popular demand, John Mark was solicited to write the stories of Peter.
* You can see the influence of Peter in the book.
* Peter was a man of action and the Gospel of Mark moves rapidly.
* Mark is able to make a point with a few words.
* Only one parable is found in Mark. He writes a book of mostly action.
* Mark records that Jesus taught, but not the content of what He taught.
* Another reason for this style is the intended audience.
* Mark was written for Roman Christians, Gentiles.
* It contains no Genealogy, such would not impress Gentiles.
* J. V. McGee said, “A King needs resume, servant needs references.”
* The style of Mark is based more upon what Christ did than who He was to the Jews. * Jewish traditions are explained to the Gentiles for understanding.
* Mark presents Jesus as the Suffering Servant of God, not the King of the Jews.
* The question Mark answers is, “Can Jesus live up to the redemption requirements of sinful Gentiles?”
* Mark answers it with a resounding “YES”.
* Now, if you are not a theologian, if I have lost you, let's focus back.
* Blink out your glassy eyes and listen for a few minutes.
* Mark will give us a fresh look at this one named Jesus.
* Look at Jesus. God prepares the way. (Pray)
I. God prepared the Way.
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
* Mark sets the pace of his style with a sentence fragment.
* HE simply states his title. The gospel of Jesus Christ, part one.
* That is where we must all begin. The Beginning of the Gospel.
* There are three theological beginnings in the scripture.
John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
* In eternity past, something we cannot grasp, there He was, Jesus Christ in the beginning.
* Since that is beyond the capability of mankind to grasp, we are ask to grasp this by faith.
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
* In the infinity of eternity, God placed a peg.