Mark the Evangelist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji2rLXr3cEU. #1 Mark. Evangelistic Symbol: The Lion. The Lion. The Lion is attributed to Mark because the Lion stands for the strength and courage that he called Christians to exercise. . Gospel Information. Written about AD 65-70
The Lion is attributed to Mark because the Lion stands for the strength and courage that he called Christians to exercise.
Since the author was a companion of Peter and Paul, who were leaders of the early Church and later martyrs, he witnessed the persecution of early Christians firsthand. He had the advantage of knowing many of the witnesses firsthand.
And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch." 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt."
What human elements of Jesus’ Humanity can you pick out from this passage?
Jesus repeatedly told his followers and those whom he healed to not reveal his Messianic Identity
“And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him; 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits beheld him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God." 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known. “
Why do you think Jesus didn’t want to be publicized as the Messiah?
The Gospel of Mark portrays Jesus as a controversial figure
He taught with authority
He ate with tax collectors
He healed on the Sabbath
He tore up the Temple
Barack Obama is not Jesus but,
but they are similar in the fact that they are both polarizing figures
Imagine Barack Obama on TV partying with the head of the IRS
Here’s where it gets good:
Imagine Barack Obama preaching in a strip club or brothel
(Sorry guys, no picture)
Imagine Barack Obama going over to eat with Tiger Woods
What message do you think Jesus was trying to express through his controversial actions?
Jesus wanted to stress that sometimes you had to go against the status quo to serve God, even though it may lead to isolation, unpopularity, and further suffering
In Mark’s Gospel, all of Christ’s actions and words, including the ones that were initially popular like healing people on the Sabbath were used to condemn him to death.
It is often said that in order to be a Christian, one must prepare to suffer. Most of that suffering comes not as a result of being a Christian, but as a result of acting as a Christian. Jesus was not condemned for who he was, but for his righteous acts and words.
Can you give examples of that happening to people? Famous? Someone you know? You?
Are you prepared to do the same?
Jesus was condemned, ridiculed, tortured and strung up on a cross by the very same people he came to save, people whom he did not even need.
It’s like having the ***** beat out of you by a drunk person whom you just saved from getting behind the wheel and definitely killing himself.
Jesus however rose from the dead in glory and saved all of mankind. His one Friday of suffering, dying and rising three days later was all worth it because it saved us for eternity.
This is the shortest Gospel account in part, because it was the first and had less to draw on.
Mark is the only one of the four writers who is not one of the original Twelve.
Through Mark, God tells us that we need to hang in there because in the end all of our suffering will be worth it.
Think about it from the standpoint of school and sports. You don’t necessarily like to practice so hard and study so much, but in the end it’s all worthwhile
To Follow Christ:
One must be prepared for hardship
One must be loving and open to all people
How does the message of Mark’s gospel apply to your life? Have you lived out his message? How can you live out his message?