The Gospel of Mark Review
Mark was most likely writing this book for the Christians in Rome – and he’s writing from Rome, where he had been working with Peter before Peter’s death.
He recorded his Gospel in a brief, to the point and rapidly moving way.
One of the ways we notice this his use of the word immediately.
Mark uses “immediately” 42 times where Luke only uses it 1 time and Matthew 5 times.
The story in Mark is always on the move.
He organized his account chronologically.
The focus of Mark’s Gospel is the revealing the true identity of Jesus.
"Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat.”
As Mark describes the events surrounding Jesus’ developing popularity his writing breaks down into two distinct pieces:
- The Reaction of people to Jesus!
- The Response of Jesus to the people!
The Reaction of people to Jesus!
"And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, ‘He is out of his mind.’ ”
“And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul,’ and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.”
Why did they make such an outrageous claim?
1. They hated Jesus because he was unraveling the religious system they had built and threatened their security with the ungodly Roman rule.
2. They had to do something to explain the miracles Jesus was doing. They could not deny the miracles were really happening so saying they were satanic was their best option.
The Response of Jesus to the people!
“And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.”
“But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.”
“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
“The unpardonable sin involves the total and irrevocable rejection of Jesus Christ. It is rejecting, completely and finally, the witness of the Holy Spirit, which declares that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who alone can save us from our sins. No one has committed the unpardonable sin who continues to be under the disturbing, convicting, and drawing power of the Holy Spirit.” (The Holy Spirit, p. 124)
A summary about forgivable and unforgivable sin:
1. God forgives sin. Everyone who repents and believes in Jesus is forgiven.
2. The unforgivable sin is final rejection of the witness of the Holy Spirit to Jesus as the only one who can forgive your sin and grant you eternal life. This rejection is unforgivable and results in eternal consequences.
3. Anyone who is saved by God’s grace, cannot commit this sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the unpardonable sin.
4. It is not too late to listen to the Holy Spirit—repent and believe.
“And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.’ And he answered them, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.’ ”