Thus the second record of the life of our Lord commences. No mention of the genealogy of the Lord or details of his early years. Straight to the beginning of the good news concerning Jesus Christ the Son of God. In many ways this opening verse sets the tone of Mark’s record. The chapters are punctuated with direct expressions that suggest immediacy, even at times, urgency of action. In the first chapter (King James version) the word “straightway” occurs some 4 times (verses 10,18,20 and 21). The same word (in the Greek “eutheos”) is also translated “immediately” and “forthwith” and occurs some 38 times in Mark’s account. These are terms appropriate to a servant.

Mark introduces John the Baptist almost as suddenly as Elijah announced himself to Ahab in 1 Kings 17:1. This was “Elias who should come” to those who receive him and his message.

Of the four faces of the cherubim, most are agreed that Mark’s record reflects the ox—the account of the suffering servant—“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (10:45). In the previous chapter the Lord emphasises to his disciples that service is the benchmark of leadership—“If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last and servant of all” (9:33–37). There are many other indications in the gospel of Mark that point to service and sacrifice.

It is generally considered that the apostle Peter was involved with Mark in his writing of the gospel under Divine direction.

The following analysis is contained in Brother LG Sargent’s book The Gospel of the Son of God.

The Beginning 1:1 – 13
The title and its meaning                               1:1–8
Baptism                                                            1:9–13

The Voice of the King 1:14 to 3:6

The Word of authority                                   1:14–34
Son of man                                                       1:35–2:12
Redeemer of Israel                                         2:13–22
Lord of the Sabbath                                       2:23–3:6

The Preparing of the People 3:7 to 6:29

The founding of the ecclesia                        3:7–35
The sower and the soil                                  4:1–34
“Who then is this?”                                        4:35–5:20
Forerunner in death                                      6:1–29

Recognition by the Twelve 6:30 to 9:1

The Shepherd of God’s flock                        6:30–52
The undefiled                                                  6:53–7:30
Giver of sight and hearing                            7:31–8:26
“Thou art the Christ”                                     8:27–9:1

The Way of the Cross 9:2 to 10:52

The King in glory                                           9:2–29
The child in the midst                                   9:30–10:31
Son of David                                                   10:32–52

The King Comes to the City 11:1 to 13:37

The King acclaimed                                        11:1–14
Authority challenged                                      11:15–12:12
Son of God                                                        12:13–44
Jesus as prophet                                              13:1–37

Through Death to Life 14:1 to 16:20

Preparation for the Lord’s Passover             14:1–31
His own preparation for sacrifice                 14:32–52
The rulers gathered together                         14:53–15:15
Crucifixion                                                         15:16–47
Resurrection                                                      16:1–20

We look to the time, very soon we hope, when Mark’s closing words will become the starting point for the good news of the Son of God on earth again—“he was received up into heaven and sat on the right hand of God”. May the day soon come when he will be sent from the right hand of Yahweh to bring about the Kingdom on earth. “Yahweh said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Yahweh shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies” (Psalm 110:1–2).