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  • The Gospel of Mark is a book in the Bible about the life of Jesus and the

  • earliest reliable tradition tells us was written by a guy named John Mark.

  • Now, Mark didn’t just grab a bunch of random stories about Jesus and throw them together.

  • He’s designed this book to address some really specific questions about whether or not Jesus was the Jewish Messiah.

  • So let’s stop right there, because that’s a term a lot of people like me are not familiar with.

  • The Messiah was a royal figure, sometimes calledthe son of god’,

  • that Israel was expecting to come and set up a Kingdom here on earth.

  • Around the time of Jesus, Israel was occupied by Rome

  • and so many Jews were hoping that the Messiah would come and overthrow the Romans and rule as King.

  • But Jesus didn’t overthrow the Romans, in fact, he was killed by them.

  • And that brings us to the very issues Mark is trying to get at in his book.

  • So in the first half, he focuses on WHO Jesus is, 'is he really the messiah?'

  • And then in the second half he's addressing HOW Jesus became the Messianic king

  • and right here in the middle of the book is this pivotal story that brings the two halves together,

  • and Jesus answers both of these questions.

  • So lets talk about the first half of the book - Who Jesus is

  • So Mark, makes his beliefs about Jesus very clear from the first line of the book:

  • the beginning of the good news about Jesus, the messiah, the son of God”.

  • One of the next stories is Jesus getting baptized,

  • and God’s voice announces from heaven: “This is my Son”.

  • So it couldn’t really be more clear, theyre presenting Jesus as the Messiah.

  • Yes, but, as youre reading through the first half of Mark, youll notice something really interesting start to happen.

  • Jesus is healing all these different people, and constantly telling them to keep quiet about who he is.

  • This happens so many times in Mark’s account, it’s very strange.

  • Yeah, why keep it a secret?

  • Remember, lots of Jews had lots of different expectations about what the messiah would be and do,

  • so Jesus doesn’t want people to misunderstand what it means for him to be the Messiah.

  • So, with that in mind, we now get to the pivotal story at the center of the book

  • where Jesus takes his disciples away and asks, “Who do you all say that I am.”

  • And Peter says what everyone has been sayingyour are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

  • But then something new happens, Jesus starts explaining to them How he’s going to become the messianic King,

  • and it’s not what they expected:

  • he says he’s going tosuffer and dieand rule by being a servant, or in his words,

  • The Son of Man didn’t come to be served but to become a servant and give his life as a ransom for many.”

  • Peter’s so startled by this he rebukes Jesus because there is no way he is going to let Jesus die.

  • And Jesus responds, Get behind me Satan. Which is really intense.

  • It really is, but it highlights how important it for Jesus that his disciples come to understand who he really is;

  • so in this pivotal section, Jesus tries 3x to have this conversation with them, and each they respond in confusion, and even fear.

  • and each they respond in confusion, and even fear.

  • OK, so this launches us into the second half of the book where Mark addresses the question of how Jesus becomes the messianic king.

  • this is the last week of Jesuslife, where Jesus goes to to Jerusalem,

  • gets into conflict with the religious leaders and gets arrested

  • He’s put on trial as someone claiming to be king of the Jews.

  • He’s even given a crown and purple robe, like a king would get, but it’s all a cruel joke,

  • then he is mocked and beaten and hung on the cross where he dies.

  • And at this crucial scene there is a new character

  • A Roman Soldier

  • who suddenly gets everything that is going on...

  • he sayssurely this is the Son of God

  • which is crazy, it’s an enemy who’s first putting it all together, that Israel’s messianic king is the crucified Jesus.

  • That is the structure of the book of Mark, but the book doesn’t end with Jesus dead on the cross.

  • No, on the 3rd day some women go to visit Jesustomb,

  • only to find that the it’s empty and there’s this angel standing there instructing them

  • go and tellthis good news that Jesus is alive from the dead.

  • But instead they run away, and don’t tell anyone because they are afraid... And that is how the book ends.

  • Which is a really abrupt ending.

  • Yeah, so abrupt that later scribes did add an ending that brings more closure to the story,

  • youll find that story in your bible with a footnote that it was added much later.

  • But Mark’s a brilliant storyteller, and he intentionally ended the book abruptly,

  • All through the book the disciples have been confused about Jesusplan to give up his life,

  • the story in the middle and now here at the end.

  • it's like Mark is acknowledging just how startling this claim really is.

  • and he wants you the reader to wrestle with it for yourself:

  • is the crucified Jesus really the Messiah they have been waiting for?

The Gospel of Mark is a book in the Bible about the life of Jesus and the

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マルコによる福音書 (The Gospel According to Mark)

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