The Gospel of Mark which is the second in the New Testament is very distinctive in character. The personality of Apostle Peter is reflected on almost every page. Like him, it is quick in movement, active, impulsive
e.g rapidity in actions its main characteristic’. Swiftly the narrative
moves from one event to another.
The Gospel of Mark haswell been called a moving picture of the ministry of our LORD Jesus Christ. Vividness of detail is another outstanding characteristic. Though the Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels, itoften incorporates vivid details notto be found in Mathew or Luke account of the same event. Considerable attention is given to the looks and gesture of Jesus Christ.
A third prominent characteristic is picture sequences of description. In Mark1s account of the feeding of the five thousand, he tells us that the people sat down in ‘ranks’ on the green grass and reflects the beautiful sight of groups of people in bright red and oriented garments sitting on the green grass of the hillside.
Mark1s Gospel is pre-eminently the Gospel of action. It included only one long discourse of Jesus Christ (the Olivet discourse) but majors on His deed. It gives us the works, rather than the words, of Christ. The Gospel of Mark records eighteen of the miracles of Jesus Christ but only four of His parable.
This emphasis on action is appropriate in a Gospel written probably at Rome and primary for the Romans. Mark uses Latinisms and has fever references to the Old Testament than the others gospel writers.
He explains Jewish customs for his Roman readers. He does not even use the word “LAW” which occurs eight times in Matthew, nine times in Luke and fifteen times inthe Gospel ofJohn.
Because Mark is written for the Romans, he omits all reference to Jesus genealogy and childhood. The Romans were more interested in power than pedigree. So here we find Jesus presented as the great conqueror of storm, demons, disease and death. He is the servant of the LORD as in the book of prophet Isaiah, first the conquering servant, then the suffering servant, and finally the triumphant servant in his resurrection.
Though Mark1s Gospel is primarily historical, it also has strong theological emphasis. The first verse strikes the keynote. ”The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God” repeatedly the deity of Jesus Christ is underscored, either explicitly or implicitly. He is the son of man, the messiah, the one for who long centuries have waited. In one of the strongest theological passages of the synoptic Gospels, Jesus is quoted as declaring: “but the son of man came to give His life a ransom for many”-see chapter 10:45. As the first verse of the book indicates, this primarily is the gospel of Jesus Christ the Good News of Salvation through His anointing death on the cross. Most scholars agree that Mark isthe earliest of the four Gospels.
THE OUTLINE OFTHE GOSPEL OF MARK:
THE PERIOD OF PREPARATION-CHAPTER 1:1-13
The ministry of John-Chapter 1:1-8 The Baptism of Jesus-Chapter 1:9-11
The Temptation of Jesus-Chapter 1:12-13
THE GALILEAN MINISTRY-CHAPTER 1:14-9:50
The first period-Chapter 1;14-3:12
The first four disciples-Chapter 1:14-20
A busy day in Capernaum-Chapter 1:2-45
The healing of the paralytic-Chapter 2:1-12
The call of Levi-Chapter 2:13-22
The Sabbath controversy-Chapter 2:23-3 :12
The second period-Chapter 3;13-7:23
Friends and foes-Chapter 3:13-35
The teaching in parables-Chapter 4:1-34
The first withdrawal-Gerasene Demoniac -Chapter 4:35-5 :20
Jairus: Raising Daughter-Chapter 5:21-43
The Rejection at Nazareth-Chapter 6:1-6
The mission of the twelve-Chapter 6:7-13
The death of John the Baptist-Chapter 6:14-29
The second withdrawal; feeding the five thousand-Chapter 6:30-56
The controversy over cleaning-Chapter 7:1-23
THE THIRD PERIOD-CHAPTER 7:24-9:50
The third withdrawal: Tyre and Sidon-Chapter 7:24-30
The Healing the deaf, mute-Chapter 7:31-37
The Fourth withdrawal: feeding the four thousand-Chapter 8:1-10
The teaching and Healing-Chapter 8:11-26
The fifth withdrawal: Caesarea Philippi-Chapter 8:27-9: 1.
The Transfiguration-Chapter 9:2-29
The teaching in Humility-Chapter 9:30-50
THE PEREAN MINISTRY-CHAPTER 10:1-52
The teaching on Divorce-Chapter 10:1-16
The Riches and Ambition-Chapter 10:17-45
The Blind Bartimaeus-Chapter 10:46-52.
THE PASSION WEEK-CHAPTER 11:1-15:47
PALM SUNDAY: The Triumphal Entry into the city of Jerusalem -Chapter 11:1-11
Cursing of the Fig Tree-Chapter 11:12-14,
Cleansing of the Temple-Chapter 11:15-19.
Faith and Fear-Chapter 11:20-33
The parable and controversy-Chapter 12:1-44
The Olivet Discourse-Chapter 13:1-37
The anointing at Bethany- Chapter 14:1-11
The last supper-Chapter 14:12-25
Jesus in Gethsemane-Chapter 14:26-52
The Jewish Trials-Chapter 14:53:72
The Roman TriaI-Chapter 15:1-20
The crucifixion and Burial-Chapter 15:21-47