Theological Themes in Mark
The voice from heaven at Jesus’ baptism, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (1:11), ushers readers into the first half of the Gospel. Likewise, the voice from heaven in the transfiguration, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” (9:7), ushers them into the second half of the Gospel. The A parable is a brief story with a setting, an action, and a result. A prominent aspect of Jesus’ teaching was telling parables to illustrate something about the kingdom, or reign, of God…. More of the vineyard (12:1-12) expresses the truth of Jesus’ identity as God’s beloved Son.
Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God’s saving act for humanity… More teaches about discipleship in the context of references to his death and resurrection. Three times Jesus announces his Passion is the theological term used to describe Jesus’ suffering prior to and including his crucifixion. The Passion Narrative (the portions of the Gospels that tell of the Last Supper, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus) are often read in church during Holy Week…. More and resurrection (8:31; 9:30-31; 10:32-34), and three times the disciples misunderstand (8:32-33; 9:32; 10:35-40). In each instance, Jesus responds to the disciples’ misunderstanding by teaching them the way of discipleship.
Holy is a term that originally meant set apart for the worship or service of God. While the term may refer to people, objects, time, or places, holiness in Judaism and Christianity primarily denotes the realm of the divine… More One of God
The first public act of Jesus’ ministry in the Gospel takes place in the synagogue at Capernaum (1:21-28), where a man with an unclean spirit names him as “the Holy One of God.” This story sets up the cosmic battle between Jesus and the demonic powers that continues into the Gospel.
The name of the Lord God from the burning bush in Exodus 3:14 is the identity that Jesus speaks to his disciples as he approaches them on the Sea of Galilee in Mark 6:50 (NRSV translates the Greek “I am” as “it is I”). The only other time that Mark refers to this identity is when Jesus responds to the The high priest was the most powerful priest in the temple in Jerusalem. The high priest Caiaphas held the office during the trial of Jesus. Later, in the New Testament book of Hebrews, the role of merciful high priest is ascribed to the resurrected Jesus…. More in 14:62, a response that the high A priest is a person who has the authority to perform religious rites. In New Testament times priests were responsible for daily offerings and sacrifices in the temple…. More interprets as Blasphemy is disrespecting or dishonoring of something held sacred. To use the name of God in swearing or to commit a profane act is to commit blasphemy…. More.
The Messiah was the one who, it was believed, would come to free the people of Israel from bondage and exile. In Jewish thought the Messiah is the anticipated one who will come, as prophesied by Isaiah. In Christian thought Jesus of Nazareth is identified… More/Christ
When Jesus asks his disciples about his identity, Peter confesses, “You are the Messiah” (8:29). Not until the hearing before the high priest and the question he puts to Jesus is this identity heard again: “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” (14:61). The reader of the Gospel knows the answer–that Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed one of God, the fulfillment of Jewish messianic expectation.
Son of Second king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms…. More
This identity and confession of Jesus comes in Mark only on the lips of blind Bartimaeus in the city of Jericho as Jesus travels on his way to Jerusalem, the city of David. Twice Bartimaeus cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (10:47-48).
Son of God
The demons and In Hebrew law many regulations warned against impurity. Unclean things were numerous and included leprosy, menstruating women, dead bodies, shell fish, and pigs…. More spirits know Jesus as the Son of God. The only time in Mark that human lips confess Jesus as the Son of God is in the moment following the tearing of the The Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged… More curtain (15:39). The evangelist has drawn us to the cross throughout the Gospel where we too are called, in light of the cross, to make our confession of Jesus as the Son of God.
Son of Man
Jesus is the only one who uses this expression, and he uses it to identify himself. It has three meanings: (1) Jesus has authority on earth to forgive sins (2:10), and he is the lord of the Sabbath is a weekly day of rest, the seventh day, observed on Saturday in Judaism and on Sunday in Christianity. In the book of Genesis, God rested on the seventh day; in the Gospel accounts Jesus and his disciples are criticized by some for not… More (2:28); (2) Jesus suffers, is rejected, is handed over for crucifixion, and after three days rises (8:31, 38; 9:9, 12, 31; 10:33, 45; 14:21, 41); (3) Jesus’ death will be vindicated, and he will reign as Lord, seated at the right hand of God and coming in the clouds with great power and glory (13:26; 14:62).
Son of the Most High God
This confession comes from a demon-possessed man who lives among tombs (5:7) and encounters Jesus.
The temple in Jerusalem is the central focus of Mark’s final section and Passion Narrative (11:1-15:47). Jesus teaches about the temple’s destruction and attending signs of the end when the Son of Man returns (13:3-37).