“This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” – Mark 1:1 (New Living Translation)
The opening line of the Gospel of Mark sets both the tone and the pace for one of the most action-packed depictions of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ offered through the Gospels. While Mark’s account is counted among the Synoptic Gospels, it still stands out as particular account of Jesus, “the Messiah, the Son of God.” It offers the reader an opportunity to go along for a roller coaster ride of encounters with Jesus as He goes to and fro, teaching, healing and ministering to the people in the area of Palestine.
Rather than a lofty introduction of the book like his counterparts Luke and Matthew, Mark opens with a single verse that sets everything up from there. He points out that it is about Jesus. It is about the Messiah. It is about the Son of God. He does not get into genealogy like Matthew. He does not introduce his position in a case statement like Luke where the opening four verses sound almost like a theological thesis for a seminary student to some degree. Mark hits his main point and begins to spill evidence of that point from that point on and throughout the entire book.
Start studying the Gospel of Mark. Read it as part of your daily Bible study or devotional period. Listen to it on YouVersion or other sites. Pick up a commentary or Bible study on the Gospel of Mark. Let it sink in and soak in to your very soul. Let it speak to you through the Holy Spirit. Let it help you see Jesus in action and explore it so that you can experience the gospel in a new light.