Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Lord Jesus – the Servant Savior

“Sir, we would see Jesus.”

That is what a group of Greeks said to the apostle Philip while in Jerusalem, just a few days before the Lord was sacrificed (John 12:20-21). Philip brought them to his fellow apostle Andrew, and together they took the inquiring Greeks to see Jesus. That is the goal of this study in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is the theme of the entire Bible. In the Old Testament He is predicted. In the Gospels He is presented. In the book of Acts He is proclaimed. In the Epistles He is explained (as much as we are able to understand), and in the Revelation He is expected and exalted! With that awesome truth being understood, there is something to be said for the clear, unvarnished sketches that we have of Him in the Gospels.

None of the four gospels were designed as exhaustive biographies. They are character sketches; intended to be different, intended to present four distinct views of Christ and His work. They are all true. They are all inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16), but they each provide the reader with a unique sketch of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark’s inspired sketch is my favorite of the synoptics (if you’re unfamiliar with that term it will be discussed in the first lesson). There are three primary reasons why. First, this gospel was originally written with a Gentile audience in mind. This gospel is fast paced and full of action. Finally, there are interesting and unique details concerning Christ and His followers found only in Mark.

In 2015 we covered chapters 1-4. In 2016 we examined chapters 4-8. Yes, we are being deliberate as we study this fast paced book, but slow and steady wins the race. Hopefully you will find it to be worth the ride. Click on this link to open a PDF of the current study.

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