Like the other gospels, Mark is not a biography but a thematic narrative that approaches the life of Christ from a specific perspective. The theme of this gospel is evident in Christ’s clear purpose statement in 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” The eighteen miracles in Mark demonstrate not only the compassion of the Lord but also His power and authority, and they authenticate His teachings which are interspersed throughout.
Jesus responds to mounting opposition by intensifying His teaching and preparation of His disciples so that they will be prepared for His departure. In the period between 8:27 and 10:52 (approximately six months), Jesus tells His disciples of His coming death and resurrection with increasing frequency as He turns His steps to Jerusalem.
READING of MARK 8
Lord, may I be willing to come after Jesus by denying myself, taking up my cross, and following Him. May I find life by losing it for Your sake and the gospel’s.
Meditation passage for today: verses 2, 27-29, 34-38
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