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Commencement of the Gospel

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In the ministry of Jesus, the kingdom of God arrived, beginning with his baptism by John the Baptist  –  Mark 1:1-3 .  The gospel of  Mark  commences with a straightforward declaration derived from the Hebrew Bible that provides the scriptural link to the ministry of John the Baptist and sets the stage for Christ’s messianic mission. In this way,  Mark  opens on a distinct note of fulfillment. Jesus is the promised Messiah of Israel - [ Sun Rising - Photo by  David Jusko  on  Unsplash ].

Suffering Son of Man

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In the gospel of Mark, Israel’s Messiah, the Son of Man, is revealed in his death on a Roman Cross .  In  Mark , men and women are unable to recognize Jesus as the Messiah until  AFTER  his crucifixion, and paradoxically, following his death, he is declared the “ Son of God ” by the unlikeliest person, the Roman centurion on duty at his execution. And in this gospel account, his self-identification as the suffering “ Son of Man ” caused many to misunderstand and even reject him - [ Photo by  Christoph Schmid  on Unsplash ].