Note: This Post is part of the series “Studies in Mark” see the Series Index for other posts in this series.
I think of all the gospels Mark is my favorite. There are a number of reasons for this so I’ll share some of them. It’s a short, powerful book—which is good. Mark is a quick read if you’re trying to re-establish a Bible study routine. If you could only have one book for preaching and teaching about Jesus you could do a good job with Mark. I also love it because Mark was flawed. He was just a kid the night Jesus was crucified and fled like the others. Worse, in fact, he fled naked. The next we hear of him he’s working with Paul and, once again, leaves the work because it’s too hard.
The third time, though, something has happened. Something important that deserves out attention. We hear about Mark a third time from Paul in 2 Timothy 4:11 (ESV) “Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.” Paul, who had once been so adamant about Mark not participating in his ministry that he split up with Barnabas who was his long time partner in the work, here instructs Timothy to “Get Mark and bring him with you….” And it had to be a blow. I mean we are talking about the Apostle Paul here. A denunciation from him stuck. In spite of this, Mark didn’t quit. He kept trying to get it right and, it seems, he finally did.
That’s encouraging to you and me and those of us who, it seems, take many more than three swings before we finally get it right. Mark did and not only did he get it right, but God chose him to write down the story of Jesus in a book of the Bible. The Gospel of Mark, the story of Jesus ministry from Baptism to the Cross.
Originally I was going to start this on Christmas but then I realized that Mark didn’t start with Jesus birth he started with his Baptism. See? I NEED to do this study…