THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
Author: Mark; see details in note 11 in ch. 1.
Time of Writing: The words spoken in 13:2 seem to indicate that this book was written before the destruction of the holy temple. Perhaps it was written between A.D. 67 and 70, after the death of the apostle Paul.
Place of Writing: Perhaps Rome; see 2 Timothy 4:11.
Recipients: Frequent explanations of Jewish names, customs, and festivals in this book (3:17; 5:41; 7:3, 11; 14:12; 15:42) prove that it was written to the Gentiles, specifically the Romans.
The Gospel of God --
Proving That Jesus Christ Is the Slave-Savior
I. The Beginning of the Gospel and
the Initiation of the Slave-Savior
A. The Beginning of the Gospel --
By the Ministry of the Forerunner
1. As Prophesied
1 The 1beginning of the 2gospel of 3Jesus Christ, 4the aSon of God,
2 1Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: a"Behold, 2I send My 3messenger before 4Your face, who will 5prepare Your way,
3 aA 1voice of one crying in the 2wilderness: 3Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.''
2. Preaching the Baptism of Repentance
4 aJohn 1came baptizing in the 2bwilderness and preaching a 3cbaptism of drepentance 4for eforgiveness of sins.
5 And all the aregion of 1Judea went out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were 2baptized by him in the 3Jordan River, as they bconfessed their sins.
6 And John was 1clothed in camel's ahair and had a leather girdle around his loins, and he ate blocusts and wild choney.
3. Introducing the Slave-Savior
7 And he preached, saying, 1aHe who is stronger than I comes after me, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8 I have baptized you in 1awater, but He Himself will baptize you in the Holy 1bSpirit.
B. The Initiation of the Slave-Savior
9 And in those days Jesus acame from 1bNazareth of Galilee and was 2baptized 3in the Jordan by John.
10 And 1aimmediately, coming up out of the water, He saw the 2heavens being bparted and the cSpirit as a 3dove descending upon 4Him.
11 And a avoice came out of the heavens: 1You are My Son, the bBeloved; in You I have found My cdelight.
12 And aimmediately the Spirit 1thrust Him out into the bwilderness.
13 And He was in the wilderness 1forty days, being atempted by 2Satan; and He was with the wild animals, and the bangels ministered to Him.
II. The Ministry of the Slave-Savior
for the Spreading of the Gospel
A. The Contents of the Gospel Service
1. Proclaiming the Gospel
14 And after John was adelivered up, Jesus came into 1Galilee, 2bproclaiming the cgospel 3of God,
15 And saying, The time is afulfilled and the 1bkingdom of God has drawn near. 2cRepent and 3dbelieve in the 4gospel.
16 And apassing beside the 1bSea of Galilee, He saw cSimon and Andrew, Simon's brother, 2casting a 3dnet in the sea, for they were fishermen.
17 And Jesus said to them, Come after Me, and I will cause you to become fishers of men.
18 And aimmediately leaving the nets, they 1bfollowed Him.
19 And going on a little, He saw James the son of Zebedee and aJohn his brother, who also were in their boat, 1mending the nets.
20 And aimmediately He bcalled them, and leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, they 1went after Him.
2. Teaching the Truth
21 And they awent into bCapernaum, and cimmediately, on the Sabbath, He entered into the 1dsynagogue and 2taught.
22 And they were aastounded at His bteaching, for He taught them as One having 1authority and not like the scribes.
3. Casting Out Demons
23 And aimmediately, there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean 1spirit, and he cried out, saying,
24 1What have we to ado with You, Jesus, bNazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I cknow who You are -- the dHoly One of God.
25 And Jesus arebuked him, saying, Be bquiet and come out of him!
26 And the aunclean spirit, bconvulsing him and shouting with a cloud voice, came out of him.
27 And they were all aamazed, so that they discussed among themselves, saying, What is this? A bnew teaching! With 1cauthority He orders even the unclean spirits, and they dobey Him.
28 And aimmediately the report concerning Him went out everywhere into all the surrounding region of Galilee.
4. Healing the Sick
29 And immediately, going out of the synagogue, they came into the ahouse of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
30 And Simon's amother-in-law was lying down with a 1fever, and bimmediately they told Him about her.
31 And He came to her and raised her up, aholding her hand, and the fever 1left her, and she 2served them.
32 And when evening fell and the sun had set, they brought to Him all those who were ill and those who were demon possessed.
33 And the whole city was agathered together at the door.
34 And He 1healed many who were ill with various adiseases, and He 2cast out many demons and did bnot allow the demons to speak, because 3they cknew Him.
35 And rising very aearly in the morning, while it was still night, He went out and went away to a deserted place, and there He 1bprayed.
36 And Simon and those with him hunted for Him,
37 And they found Him and said to Him, All are seeking You.
38 And He said to them, Let us go aelsewhere into the nearby towns that I may 1bpreach there also, because for 2this purpose I ccame out.
39 And He went preaching in their asynagogues in the whole of Galilee and casting out the demons.
5. Cleansing the Leper
40 And a 1aleper came to Him, entreating Him and bfalling on his knees and saying to Him, If You are willing, You can ccleanse me.
41 And He was moved with 1compassion, and 2stretching out His hand, He touched him and said to him, I am 1willing; be 3cleansed!
42 And aimmediately the leprosy left him, and he was bcleansed.
43 And sternly acharging him, immediately He thrust him out,
44 And said to him, See that you 1say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the apriest and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
45 But he went out and began to aproclaim it much and to spread the 1matter abroad, so that He could 2no longer enter openly into a city, but He stayed outside in bdeserted places. And they ccame to Him from everywhere.