Sunday, May 1, 2016

Christ in Mark’s Gospel

~ Jesus Christ Is The Servant of Jehovah ~

The Bible is about Jesus Christ  ~  “Jesus said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).

Christ in the Gospel of Mark  ~  Mark shows Jesus Christ as full of action—appealing to the Roman mind.  He presents Christ as a servant.  His emphasis is on what The Messiah did.  He shows Him not only serving but also suffering—a suffering servant.   He is a Mighty King and Wonder Worker.

The Messiah’s Own Words  ~  Zechariah prophesied:  “‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion,’ says the Lord of hosts.  Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; then I will turn My hand against the little ones’” (Zechariah 13:7).  Mark tells us:  “Then Jesus said to them, ‘All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.”  But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.’  Peter said to Him, ‘Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.’  But he spoke more vehemently, ‘If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!’  And they all said likewise” (Mark 14:27-31). 

Comments  ~  1. The fulfillment of prophecies about which Mark writes were about the life of Jesus Christ.  The references were not always about Jesus Himself but the events surrounding His time on earth (sometimes the prophecies were fulfilled by His friends or His enemies).  2. While on earth Jesus Christ often quoted Scriptures in reference to Himself.  3. The Apostle Paul told us the Scriptures present many shadows of things to come but the reality is found in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:17). 

Summary of Christ in Mark’s Historical Account  ~  Mark presents Jesus Christ as a Servant—full of action.  Mark’s emphasis is on what He did, His humanity, and the way of suffering.  Mark clearly shows His humility—serving and suffering.  Mark appeals to the Roman mind.  Appropriately, Mark ends with The Messiah’s ascension—exalted with glory and honor.

Compare the Following Passages: 
Mark 1:2 with Malachi 3:1
Mark 1:3 with Isaiah 40:3-5
Mark 4:12 with Isaiah 6:9-10
Mark 7:6-7 with Isaiah 29:13 
Mark 7:10 with Exodus 20:12 and 21:16
Mark 10:7-8 with Genesis 2:24
Mark 11:9 with Psalm 117:26
Mark 11:17 with Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11
Mark 12:10-11 with Psalm 117:22-23
Mark 12:26 with Exodus 3:6
Mark 12:30 with Deuteronomy 6:5, 10:12 and 30:6
Mark 12:31 with Leviticus 19:18
Mark 12:36 with Psalm 109:1
Mark 14:27 with Zechariah 13:7 (see above)
Mark 15:34 with Psalm 21:1

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