The “Son of Man” is sowing the “seed” of the gospel in the world, where it grows unseen until the end of the age – Mark 4:1-20.
The first parable recorded in Mark is that of the Sower. The proper understanding of this parable is the key to understanding his other parables. Its key point is that the kingdom of God began to invade the present age with his proclamation of the gospel by Jesus, the “Son of Man,” and ever since, it has been in the process of spreading in the world.
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SYNOPSIS – The Spirit of God drove Jesus into the Wilderness to be tested; he succeeded where Israel had failed – Mark 1:9-13.
The first appearance of Jesus in the gospel of Mark is at his baptism in the River Jordan. The passage identifies him with his hometown, Nazareth, a small village in Galilee and one of no significance. However, its very insignificance plays an important role in the narrative – Jesus is a Messiah who does not fit any of the popular messianic expectations. (Photo by Dekeister Leopold on Unsplash).
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John arrived in Judea to prepare the way for the Messiah and to herald the Good News of the Kingdom – Mark 1:4-8.
All four gospels apply the same passage from Isaiah to John the Baptist. He was sent to summon all of Israel to repent “for the remission of sins” in preparation for the Messiah’s arrival and the Kingdom of God, and all this was in fulfillment of key messianic promises in the Hebrew Bible.
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SYNOPSIS: Jesus taught that to be a true member of the kingdom of God necessitates a life of self-sacrificial service to others, not power over them – Mark 10:34-45.
As in Mark 9:31-37, once again after predicting his upcoming suffering and death, the disciples of Jesus jockeyed for rank and power in the coming messianic kingdom. As before, Jesus taught them that to be a true member of the kingdom necessitates a life of self-sacrificial service to others rather than power over them. Continue reading Greatness in the Kingdom of God
Instead of calculating times and seasons, followers of Jesus must always be prepared for his sudden arrival – Acts 1:6-8.
Did Jesus task his followers with knowing end-time chronologies, the “times and seasons”? Are believers able to decipher key “signs” by which they can decipher the time of Christ’s return? For that matter, did Jesus and the apostles leave us with a comprehensive list and timeline of end-time events whereby we can calculate the arrival of the end of the age?
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