Conflict is often a significant factor in suffering: conflict with family, conflict with society, conflict with emotions and feelings. Jesus was led away for a trial before the high priest and othersenior priests and elders. The disciples as they witness the miracles don't understand. Mark directed this work to Gentile Christian converts, especiallyin Rome. So now that Jesus has died, Mark may be trying to show that this fact is not so incongruous as it seems. If you want to understand the uniqueness of Mark and to have a deeper understanding of the book you should pick up a couple of commentaries on Mark.
He was in agony as he prayed and asked his father that if there was any other way to take away his imminent death may it be so but in the end it would be the Lord's will that it would be done 14:35-36. There's nothing unique about that in antiquity. If John Mark wrote this Gospel, then we know that he has had serious challenges in his own experience of discipleship although we do not know the circumstances around his absconding from that assignment. According to Mark, Jesuswent on to predict the end of the world within the lifetime of hisfollowers. Mark focuses on the disciples' ability or inability to see, hear and understand who Jesus is Isa 6:10; Mark 4:12; 6:52; 7:14; 8:17-8. Jesus is on his way one day, and is asked to come heal the young daughter, age 12, of a prominent synagogue official.
It has been called a story of the crucifixion of Jesus, with a long introduction. Mark tells the story this way in order to make sense out of the death of Jesus and in the light of the events of the first revolt. Ultimately, Christians know that Salvation in Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit do not keep the Christian from suffering; rather Salvation and the Holy Spirit sustain them through the suffering. As the narrative unfolds, the reader understands the requirements, costs, and rewards of following Jesus. Mark 8:13-21 Jesus takes a boat across the lake, but the disciples have forgotten to bring bread.
It contains relatively fewreferences to Old Testament prophecies, explain … s some Jewish wordsand practices, and is fast-paced and to the point about Christ as aservant to man, rather than the King of the Jews. The more upbeat ending that now appears in the New Testament was added by a later editor. Jesus told them that they would see the great buildings destroyed, and the abomination of desolation, followed by the Son of man coming in clouds of glory, and that this would take place during their own generation. He doesn't do a thing. That makes it 6 am. It originally concluded at verse 16:8, after the young man told the women that Jesus was risen and when the fled in fear, telling no-one.
Mark contains a well-defined structure, typical of an exceptional work of fiction even if actually a true account. Mark's Gospel contains sixteen chapters. Be not far from me, for trouble is near… all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax… and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and Thou dost lay me in the dust of death. A possible further reason could be that Mark, which was the first gospel to be written, needed to show why few people had ever heard of Jesus, who supposedly performed so many great wonders and miracles in the recent past. Simply and succinctly put, in the Second Gospel we see a story hard to follow and a hero difficult to understand. Anotheranswer:The gospel of Mark is written closest to the actual time ofChrist. It is the shortest of all the gospels which would have suited the simple, straightforward approach the Romans favored.
Mark did not write his Gospelin strict orderly sequence, but he recorded what Peter rememberedof Jesus' words and deeds. Eusebius Ecclesiastical History , 3. Now, in the encounter between Jesus and the woman we have a very interesting play of symbols. But, in Mark's gospel, when Jesus teaches in parables, it says explicitly that he does so in order to keep people from understanding his messages. If the author is the same person who is mentioned in Acts 15, then discipleship was a particularly tender topic for him: Paul was planning a missionary journey, Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them, but Paul refused because John Mark had abandoned a previous missionary voyage see Acts 15:38. Mark organised the first narrative account of the death of Jesus in a twenty-four hour cycle, neatly divided into eight three-hour segments. They cannot see that suffering is a part of discipleship from which emerges a pathway of suffering.
For this reason, the Gospel of Mark is truly a gospel for those who are suffering and need to find consolation. But, in the final analysis, Mark's gospel is really about the death of Jesus. Community, as it is portrayed by Mark, seeks to include not some but all those who suffer. Response: The main theme of the Gospel of Mark is this: Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the savior of mankind. In addition, the concept of conflict, community and the humanness of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark will provide additional material in illustrating the theme of suffering.
Discipleship involved not only learning from the teacher, but developing a personal relationship with him. Mark now inserted his account of Peter's threefold denial of Jesus, once each hour until the cock crowed, marking the end of that phase of the night. For he neither heard the Lord nor accompanied Him. Jesus Christ as the suffering servant. Mark explains Jewish customs ; , translates Aramaic words ; ; ; and seems to have a special interest in persecution and martyrdom ; -- subjects of special concern to Roman believers and to Peter as well; cf. Mark's Gospel is a complex and well-structured narrative, demonstrating a command of the Greek language, although perhaps intentionally written in an ungrammatical style.