One of the most pressing questions of all time is, Who is Jesus?
But, does the answer to this question really matter? Shouldn’t we be content with accepting that He was a good teacher, moral example, or even miracle worker? Do we really have to believe He was God? What does Jesus actually call us to believe about Himself and His mission? How does Jesus figure into our purpose and mission in life? Should He? The answer to all this is simple—Jesus was fully God and fully man, who came to offer eternal life through the forgiveness of sins by His own death on the cross and resurrection, and He calls us to turn to Him by faith as we turn away from our sin, thus taking the good news of the gospel to everyone around us.
The Gospel of Mark deals with all these issues and more! This fast-paced book about Jesus begins by declaring the good news of Jesus Christ and sets out to prove that Jesus is truly the Messiah (Savior) who is God. Nearly half of the book is devoted to the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry—highlighting His substitutionary death for humanity on the cross and the proclamation of His glorious resurrection. It’s all about Jesus and what He has accomplished to bring salvation to all people, especially to you and me.
For us, Mark is also a book about mission. His mission and our mission. Even though we face difficulty and suffering in this life, we are called to live and share the life-saving and joy-producing message of salvation found in Christ alone to everyone around us, to the ends of the earth, til the end of the age. The Gospel of Mark will convince us that Jesus paid it all, He is alive ministering to His Church, He is building His Church through faithful disciples who make more disciples, and will He accomplish His mission for the glory of God along, both now and forever. Amen.