Mark is an intriguing account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Even the world outside of Christendom has a point of view and perspective on the Gospels due to the fact that Jesus is such an intriguing character. Look at what PBS says about the Gospel of Mark.
Our last class spent the bulk of its time period with a focus on the transfiguration of Jesus in Mark chapter 9. The online reference site www.about.com has the following “analysis” of these sections of the Scriptures:
The Gospel According to Mark, Chapter 9 – Analysis and Commentary
The ninth chapter of Mark starts out with one of the most important pre-passion events: Jesus’ transfiguration, which reveals something about his true nature to a select inner group of apostles. After this, Jesus continues to work miracles but includes further predictions about his coming death as well as warnings about the dangers inherent in giving in to temptations to sin.
Transfiguration of Jesus (Mark 9:1-8) – Analysis and Commentary
Jesus appears here with two figures: Moses, representing Jewish law and Elijah, representing Jewish prophecy. Moses is important because he was the figure believed to have given the Jews their basic laws and to have written the five books of the Torah – the basis of Judaism itself. Connecting Jesus to Moses thus connects Jesus to the very origins of Judaism, establishing a divinely authorized continuity between the ancient laws and Jesus’ teachings.
Reactions to Jesus’ Transfiguration (Mark 9:9-13) – Analysis and Commentary
As Jesus returns from the mountaintop with the three apostles, the connection between Jews and Elijah is made more explicit. It is interesting that this is the relationship focused upon most of all and not the relationship with Moses, even though both Moses and Elijah appeared on the mountain with Jesus. It is also interesting that Jesus refers to himself here as ‘Son of man’ again – twice, in fact.
I posted this as “analysis” because you have to consider the source. Don’t get caught up in what the world has to say about Jesus or His Word. When you see Newsweek and National Geographic, even Time Magazine, making references to Jesus and His ministry on earth, keep in mind the perspective from which they view Christianity and its followers.
What does the Word itself say about Jesus?
At some point, Christians like us will need to have a perspective on the importance of our belief in the accounts of the life of Jesus provided to us through the Gospels. If we profess and confess Him to be Lord and Savior, the Son of God, then we should be able to point to what confirms our belief in the Scriptures. IDK (I Don’t Know) just will not do for us if we are trying to win souls for Christ.