Summary: 8. The Gospel by Mark is a record of virtually non-stop activity carried out at a rapid-fire pace. The key term repeated over 40 times in this first account of the life of Jesus, the Servant of God, is eutheos, the Greek word for “immediately.” Mark wast
The Gospel of Mark #1 – “Jesus on the Move”
1. ILL – Famous first lines…Books – 1) “Call me Ishmael” (Moby Dick). 2) “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”(A Tale of Two Cities). 3) “Marley was dead to begin with.” (A Christmas Carol). Historical documents – 1) “4 Score & Seven years ago” (Gettysburg Address). 2) “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands” (Declaration of Independence). TV & Movies – 1) “Space…the final frontier” (Star Trek) ***2) “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” (Star Wars).”
2. The first line is incredibly important! It can capture your attention or lose it.
3. Matthew begins his Gospel by sharing the genealogy of Jesus. He feels the need to prove that Jesus is a Son of Abraham & a Son of David. Luke begins by talking about the events which lead up to the birth of the Lord Jesus. John’s Gospel starts out in eternity past reminding us that Jesus is God in the flesh. Mark does not start out by talking about the Lord’s heritage or His birth. Mark’s desire is to present Jesus as a servant and a servant does not need a genealogy. Mark begins by jumping right into the action.
4. Mark’s first sentence serves as a title to the book & plunges us immediately into the earthly ministry of Jesus. Mark is going to share with his readers the good news concerning who Jesus is & what He did while He was here.
5. Mark 1:1 (Read together).
6. I have entitled this series, “The Gospel of Mark - Jesus on the Move.”
7. Action. Involvement. Movement. Engagement. Service.
8. The Gospel by Mark is a record of virtually non-stop activity carried out at a rapid-fire pace. The key term repeated over 40 times in this first account of the life of Jesus, the Servant of God, is eutheos, the Greek word for “immediately.” Mark wastes neither time nor words as he portrays the Savior at work, continually serving others.
9. The tone of the writer is practical, not mystical or philosophical, which had an appeal to the industrious Roman mind. The lack of emphasis on anything pertaining to the Jewish ancestry of Jesus makes good sense, since Mark’s audience is mainly the Gentile reader.
10. While others refer to Jesus as “Lord” and “King,” Mark prefers “Master,” again underscoring the vocabulary of a servant.
11. The hinge of the book pivots on a single verse –
12. 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.”
13. Mark is the shortest of the four gospels & likely the first one written. However, it is often overlooked because of the popularity of the other gospels.
14. Yet because of its brevity Mark's gospel is an ideal introduction to the Christian faith & in mission fields it is often the first book translated into a new language.