Gospel of Mark

MARK TOTAL CHAPTERS: 16
MARK TOTAL VERSES: 678
TOTAL WORDS: 15,171
DATE WRITTEN: 50’s AD
AUTHOR: Mark

MARK THEME:

Fulfillment of Promise. Kingdom of God: Good News for Jews and Romans.

MAJOR CHARACTERS:

God, Joseph, Mary, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Moses, Elijah, People of Israel, John the Baptist, King Herod, Herodias, Salome (King Herod’s stepdaughter), Jesus Disciples, Judah Iscariot, Devil.

The book of Mark begins with the story of John the Baptist saying that ‘I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’. Then Jesus was baptized by John and began his ministry.

Mark most probably wrote in the 50’s AD during the time of persecution of Christians by Nero. Rome seems to be the region where Mark wrote his Gospel. Mark is the shortest of all four Gospels. The author of the book, John Mark, was not an apostle but was a disciple of Peter. Mark had a cousin named Barnabas who took him along on missionary journeys with Peter and Paul. This Gospel is also considered as the first to be written.

Soon after Jesus was baptized, he was tempted by the Devil.  After this trial, he starts his journey and travels across many cities preaching, teaching, destroying and casting out demons, showing miracles and healing the diseased people. News of his miracles spread far, and more and more people came to see him.

The Gospel of Mark narrates the events of Jesus Transfiguration, his Last Supper, betrayal of his disciple, his arrest, crucifixion and resurrection. Mark focuses more on the miraculous powers of Jesus than his teachings and parables. It records more than 20 miracles of Jesus. The main focus of all of the gospels is the last week of Jesus life; thus, about one-third of Mark is devoted to that period.

GOSPEL OF MARK KEY VERSES:

1:15: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.

1:11: And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased”
1:17: Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’

10:14-15: He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’

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.’

12:33: ‘Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.

16:6: Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.’

16:15: ‘He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’

From: The Last Dialogue