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. [2] As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, [3] 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.

1 comment:

James E. Snapp, Jr. said...

Greetings Bror,

Looks like you're blogging about the Gospel of Mark. I am writing to share some materials which will be helpful when you investigate the text-critical issue about Mark 16:9-20.

First, you are welcome to ask, via e-mail, for a digital copy of "Authentic: The Case for Mark 16:9-20." I would be glad to send you a free copy for your own use.

Second, I invite you to watch two video-lectures covering some of the evidence pertaining to Mark 16:9-20. You are welcome to share these videos with others:

Mark 16:9-20 and Some Patristic Evidence (in three parts):
Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzJVTDi7SGs
Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y2KQaLyARw
Part 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEo1tWlUta4

Mark 16:9-20 and the Abrupt Ending (in four parts):
Part 1 (Vaticanus, Bobbiensis) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKCMduynjNE
Part 2 (Sinaiticus) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUz3XK2nYmY
Part 3 (Eusebius and Jerome) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeMV6N7kxvE
Part 4 (Sinaitic Syriac, Annotated Copies) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUwW4Bd6i-0

Third, also at YouTube, you can find Dr. John MacArthur's June 5 sermon, "The Fitting End of Mark's Gospel," and my three-part analytical response to his sermon, "The Fitting End to Some False Claims About Mark 16:9-20."

Fourth, if you only have time for a summarized overview of the relevant evidence, you can visit www.curtisvillechristian.org/public/MarkOne.html where a multi-page presentation on Mk. 16:9-20 begins.

Yours in Christ,

James Snapp, Jr.
Minister, Curtisville Christian Church