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Servant of Man


Christ seen as:

Writer of the Book:



Servant of Jehovah

Mark (called John)

A. D. 55–65

Conclusion of the Book:

Jesus is the Mighty Worker, who came, not to be ministered unto, but to minister.


Contents: Ministry of John the Baptist. Baptism and temptation of Jesus and His first Galilean ministry. Demons cast out, sickness healed, leprosy cured.


Characters: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, John the Baptist, Satan, Simon, James, man with demons, Simon’s mother-in-law, leper.


Conclusion: The deity of Jesus Christ is fully attested by the seal of the Father from heaven, His victory over Satan, His authority to call men, and His power over evil spirits and all manner of diseases.


Key Word: First ministry, Mark 1:1, Mark 1:14, Mark 1:21, Mark 1:32.

Strong Verses: Mark 1:11, Mark 1:17.

Striking Facts: Mark 1:35. There is no conflict between the fact of the deity of Christ and His dependence upon the Father in prayer. His prayer life on earth was the manifestation of His perfect communion with the Father before He came into the world. The fact that Jesus never asked anyone to pray FOR Him, is a further proof of His deity. He was superior to all human intercession.


Gospel of Mark:


The Gospel of Mark was written to prove that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. In a dramatic and action-packed sequence of events, Mark paints a striking image of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Mark illustrates who Jesus is as a person. The ministry of Jesus is revealed with vivid detail and the messages of his teaching are presented more through what he did than what he said. The Gospel of Mark reveals Jesus the Servant.


Author of the Gospel of Mark:

John Mark is the author of this Gospel. It is believed that he was the attendant and writer for the Apostle Peter. This is the same John Mark who traveled as a helper with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey (Acts 13). John Mark is not one of the 12 disciples.

Date Written:

Circa 55-65 A.D. This was probably the 
first Gospel to be written since all but 31 verses of Mark are found in the other three Gospels.

Written To:

The Gospel of Mark was written to encourage the Christians in Rome as well as the wider church.

Landscape of the Gospel of Mark:

John Mark wrote the Gospel of Mark in Rome.
Settings in the book include Jerusalem, Bethany, the Mount of Olives, Golgotha, Jericho, Nazareth, Capernaum and Caesarea Philippi.

Themes in the Gospel of Mark:


Mark records more miracles of Christ than any of the other Gospels. Jesus proves his divinity in Mark by the demonstration of miracles. There are more miracles than messages in this Gospel. Jesus shows that he means what he says and he is who he says.

In Mark we see Jesus, the Messiah, coming as a servant. He reveals who he is through what he does. He explains his mission and message through his actions. John Mark captures Jesus on the move. He skips the birth of Jesus and dives quickly into presenting his public ministry.

The overriding theme of the Gospel of Mark is to show that Jesus came to serve. He gave his life in service to mankind. He lived out his message through service, therefore, we can follow his actions and learn by his example. The ultimate purpose of the book is to reveal Jesus' call to personal fellowship with him through daily discipleship.


Key Characters in the Gospel of Mark:

Jesus, the disciples, the Pharisees and religious leaders, Pilate.

Key Verses:

Mark 10:44-45
...and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (NIV)

Mark 9:35
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." (NIV)


Outline of the Gospel of Mark:

  • The Preparation of Jesus the Servant - Mark 1:1-13
  • The Message and Ministry of Jesus the Servant - Mark 1:14-13:37
  • The Death and Resurrection of Jesus the Servant - Mark 14:1-16:20




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