6th October 2018

Who is This?

“They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Mark 4:41 (NIVUK)

The gospel of Mark sandwiches the whole of Christ’s earthly ministry, his words, teachings actions and miracles, between two statements about who Jesus was. Mark begins with the words, “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1), and ends Jesus’ earthly ministry with the statement, “And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’” (Mark 15:39)

Mark is the shortest of the gospels but it moves at a rapid action-packed pace. His intention was to draw his readers into the narrative and to respond to what he tells them about Jesus—answering for themselves the questions posed by Jesus or by those that had heard his words and witnessed his actions. Mark, along with the other gospel writers allows us to watch Jesus in action, to see and hear what the disciples saw and heard; and primes us to ask and answer the same questions which they must have heard or asked and had to answer for themselves. Some questions asked in Mark’s gospel about Jesus and his work are given in the opening scripture above and in those quoted below:

“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law…The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him” (Mark 1:22, 27).

“Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7).

“’Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?’” (Mark 6:2).

“’But what about you?’ he (Jesus) asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’” (Mark 8:29).

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36).

“The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God’” (Mark 10:26-27).

Mark’s gospel leads the reader to come to the same conclusion as the centurion at Christ’s death—surely this man was the Son of God, God incarnate. It is through him that God answers the question “who then can be saved?” God has provided the way to salvation where what was the impossible even by the best efforts of humanity becomes possible through the acceptance and faith in and of Jesus Christ. Let’s share the Good News!

Prayer
Father, we thank you for the work of Jesus Christ through whom alone we have salvation.
Amen

Study by Eddie Marsh

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About the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.

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