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The Gospel of Mark is presented in a way that demonstrates the fulfillment of Old Testament promises. This is clear appropriate from the start off, as Mark starts his account by focusing on the fulfillment of Isaiah 40:three in John the Baptist, who prepares Israel for the comforting arrival of Yahweh to his persons (cf. Mal. three:1). Yahweh will come to pardon—and to rule over—his persons (Isa. 40:1–11).
John the Baptist’s preparatory ministry marks the continuation of God’s extended-standing, gracious pursuit of his persons (Mark 12:1–6 cf. Heb. 1:1).
Jesus, the eternal Son of God, initially proclaims the kingdom of God, then later inaugurates it by way of his death and resurrection.
The origin of this pursuit goes back to God’s establishment of his superior creation, as he areas Adam, Eve, and their offspring in a connection with himself that is creational (living in God’s creation), covenantal (living in light of God’s faithfulness and commands), and kingly (living beneath God’s rule and in pursuit of the cultural mandate) (Gen. 1:28 two:16, 18). Soon after the fall of mankind, God pursues his purposes in particular by implies of his redemptive get in touch with of Abraham as the father of his persons. Trust in God’s provisions will mark the pattern of progressive redemption, such as Israel’s exodus from Egyptian slavery (Exodus 13–19) and the providing of the Mosaic law (Exodus 20–23). God’s pursuit also requires the shape of short-term mediators (judges and kings).
God keeps his guarantee alive that he will purify a persons for himself (see note on Mark 14:53–65) by establishing and ruling more than a holy nation (Israel see Isa. 40:10–11). That nation repeatedly fails in its calling and experiences the disciplines of division and exile, but God in no way abandons his persons. Centuries soon after the return from Babylonian exile (cf. Ezra and Nehemiah), John the Baptist announces in the desert—a location of preparation, purification, and testing—the wonderful intervention of Yahweh promised by the prophets. Therefore, whilst Isaiah 40 initially points to Israel’s return from exile (Isa. 40:1–2), Mark tends to make it clear that the prophet was in the end pointing to the coming of Jesus (Mark 1:1–13).
As Mark continues his account, Yahweh surprisingly “comes in sandals” in Jesus, by way of whom we in the end see the divinity the prophets had promised (e.g., Mark two:5–12 9:2–13 12:1–12). Yahweh therefore comes in the earthly presence of the eternal Son to start fulfilling the messianic kingdom expectations of the Old Testament (Isa. 40:10–11). Jesus, the eternal Son of God, initially proclaims the kingdom of God, then later inaugurates it by way of his death and resurrection. By means of these actions that in the end conquer sin and the effects of the fall, Jesus turns out to be the eternally ruling, messianic King (two Sam. 7:16).
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The ultimate objective of Mark in the context of God’s unfolding redemptive-historical pursuit of his persons is to testify to Jesus’ summons of grace—that is, his summons to discipleship. Discipleship in Mark represents nothing at all significantly less than God’s ultimate restoration of his universal persons to the original creation-style and purpose—namely, to “walk with God” (Gen. five:22–24) and to be restored as accurate image-bearers of God (Rom. eight:29 1 Cor. 15:49 two Cor. three:18 Col. three:10). This restoration progressively overcomes the marks of the fall, primarily based on Christ’s substitutionary atonement, healing, instance, and teaching. Jesus’ sovereign get in touch with to surrendered discipleship redresses Adam’s sinful independence and disobedience. Discipleship is not merely a specific code of conduct for the disciples. Becoming a disciple of Christ implies joining the persons of God in God’s creation, coming beneath his eternal covenant and kingly rule, and living in dependence on God rather than independence from him. We in the end see that discipleship in Mark flows from dependence upon the Master’s captivating and exemplary individual, formative teaching, and atoning operate.
In quick, the Gospel of Mark shows that Jesus comes as the fulfillment of Old Testament hopes and promises that God would graciously restore his wayward persons. Mark’s Gospel is just that—gospel. It is superior news.
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