Analysis Of Jesus In The Gospel Of Mark

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Mark portrays a definitively more dynamic Jesus in his Gospel than the familiar teacher Matthew presented to us.The Gospel of Matthew was structured around his big sermons. The Gospel of Mark is structured as to make an action hero of Him. This Gospel uses the word “immediately” an astounding 42 times, especially near the beginning (1:10, 12, 18, 20, 21, 23, 28, 29, 30, 42, 43; 2:8, 12; 3:6; 4:5, 15, 16, 17, 29; 5:2, 29, 30, 42; 6:25, 27, 45, 50, 54; 7:25; 8:10; 9:15, 20, 24; 10:52; 11:2, 3; 14:43, 45, 72; 15:1). A short but flashy opener to introduce our hero- then on to His adventures gathering His ‘army’ and casting out demons. This may very well be due to the change in the audience. Where Matthew wrote for a largely Jewish audience- …show more content…
Mark references the story of His 40 days in the wilderness and battle with Satan’s temptation in the first chapter. (1:12), and portrays His confrontations with demons as well as with the religious leaders of His time. In the Gospel of Mark- the Jewish elders form a united front against Jesus. Jesus, the Messiah, is endowed with divine authority and views reality from a divine perspective. The religious leaders view it from a purely human perspective. The conflict between Jesus and the elders is a clash over authority. Instead of receiving Jesus as God 's Messiah and Son, They oppose Him throughout His ministry. In direct contrast to Jesus- the religious leaders of His time were consumed with status and authority, not …show more content…
Throughout this Gospel, the disciples are called to be with Jesus and to enjoy special revelation- yet they fail ever more deeply- betraying Him, denying Him, leaving Him in His darkest hour. At the end there is a reconciliation, but still there are those amongst them who doubted. This is the disciples at their most human as well. This Gospel utilizes an almost comical, stumbling portrayal of the disciples- and Jesus’ loyalty to them- to illustrate the power of Grace to bridge the gap between our human failings and the demands of discipleship.

The demands laid on His disciples certainly pale in comparison to the destiny Jesus makes clear He knew awaited him in this Gospel. He explained during the Last Supper: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (14:24). Jesus had repeatedly predicted His suffering, death, and resurrection (8:31, 9:31, 10:32-34, 10:45, 14:61-62). As Satan tempted him throughout His time here- He didn’t have to die. He chose to fulfill that destiny, out of Divine Love.

At the end of the Gospel, we are still left wondering whether the disciples will in fact go

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