Mark: He Came to Serve

The Gospel of Mark is the briefest of all the Gospels, and therefore easy to read in one sitting. Its brevity is probably the reason it is the most often translated book of the New Testament. The Wycliffe translators generally begin their translation work with the Gospel of Mark because it is so short and gives the whole story quickly.

Bible Studies in the Gospel of MarkRSSiTunes

The Servant who Rules

The Place to Begin V Mk 1:1-8
Jesus Came V Mk 1:9-15
A Day in the Life of Jesus V Mk 1:16-39
The Healer of Hurts V Mk 1:40 - 2:12
The Scandal Maker V Mk 2:13 - 3:6
False Forces V Mk 3:7-35
The Dimming of the Light V Mk 4:1-34
Seed Thoughts V Mk 4:3-32
Why are you Afraid? V Mk 4:35 - 5:20
The Weakness of the World V Mk 5:21 - 6:6
Who is This? V Mk 6:7-52
When Rite is Wrong V Mk 6:53 - 7:30
Do you Not Yet Understand? V Mk 7:31 - 8:21
The Turning Point V Mk 8:22-33

The Ruler who Serves

The Way of the Cross V Mk 8:34-38
The Glory that Follows V Mk 8:38 - 9:29
The Child in Our Midst V Mk 9:30-50
What about Divorce? V Mk 10:1-12
The Plight of the Overprivileged V Mk 10:13-31
The Ambitious Heart V Mk 10:32-52
The Rumor of Hope V Mk 16:1-8
The King is Coming V Mk 11:1-25
By What Authority? V Mk 11:27 - 12:27
Top Priority V Mk 12:28-44
Watch! V Mk 13
Love's Extravagance V Mk 14:1-25
Smite the Shepherd V Mk 14:26-52
Jesus and the Priests V Mk 14:53-72
Jesus and the Rulers V Mk 15:1-20
The Awful Penalty V Mk 15:21-47
Those Signs Following V Mk 16:9-20

Overview the Gospel of Mark

from Adventuring Through the Bible

The Gospel of Mark, the second book in the New Testament, is 16 short chapters long, the briefest of all the Gospels, and therefore easy to read in one sitting. Its brevity is probably the reason it is the most often translated book of the New Testament. The Wycliffe translators, I understand, almost invariably begin their translation work with the Gospel of Mark because it is so short and gives the whole story in one brief compass.

This Gospel has a completely different atmosphere from the Gospel of Matthew. If you go on to read Luke and John, you will see that they are still different from Matthew and Mark, Matthew, Mark and Luke are more similar to each other than any of these three are to the Gospel of John. Nevertheless, they are all different.

There is a reason for this, designed deliberately by the Holy Spirit. We make a mistake if we think these four Gospels are four biographies of the Lord. They are not biographies at all, they are character sketches, intended to be different, intended to present different points of view. Therefore, they constitute four distinct views of our Lord and of his work.

The Gospel of Matthew is written to present Christ as the King. The Gospel of Mark presents his character as a servant. The Gospel of Luke presents him as the Son of man -- as man in his essential humanity. The Gospel of John presents him as the Son of God, that is, his deity, and there you find the greatest claims for his deity.