Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Gospel According to Mark,
Mark 1:1-3 (ESV) The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,  the voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,' " The Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Good News of Jesus Christ. It is interesting, but this particular narrative does not label itself “Mark’s Gospel” or the “Gospel according to Mark” or as we most often refer to it in shorthand ,“Mark.” There is one Gospel, and this is of Jesus Christ. This just happens to be Marks Telling of it. Mark was actually not an apostle. He was a disciple of Peter. In fact we have early church witness to the fact that Peter really considered this to be his gospel, Mark wrote it piecing together the story while sitting at Peter’s feet as it were. It is a rather peculiar gospel. It is a peculiar narrative. Mark doesn’t start out with the birth of Jesus as Matthew and Luke do. He begins straightway with John the Baptist crying in the wilderness. He starts with the ministry. He starts by tying the gospel into a narrative that has been going on for thousands of years, tying Jesus Christ to the Old Testament Prophecies. He means to get to the point. That is what Mark is good at, getting to the point. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good News of Jesus Christ, “The” Son of God, there is only one Son, and this is his story, it is good news for us. He has come to fulfill the long awaited expectations of old Testament Promise, fulfill them for you and me.