The Central Themes of Mark




Who is this man?


Teaching with authority

Mark 1:21-22 

They were astonished at His teaching because, unlike the scribes, He was teaching them as one having authority


Authority over demons

Mark 1:23-27 

“What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”


Recognized by demons

Mark 1:23-2434, 3:11-12 

"I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”


Authority to forgive sins

Mark 2:5-10 

"Who can forgive sins but God alone?”


The "bridegroom"

Mark 2:18-20

“The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they?"


Lord of the Sabbath

Mark 2:27-28 

"Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”  


Thought out of his mind by His family

Mark 3:20-21, 31-34 

"...they said, 'He’s out of His mind.'"


Controlling the weather and the seas

Mark 4:35-41

“Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”


Disbelieved in by His home town

Mark 6:1-3

“What is this wisdom given to Him, and how are these miracles performed by His hands?  Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary..." 


People speculated on His identity, even Herod

Mark 6:14-16

"When Herod heard of it, he said, 'John, the one I beheaded, has been raised!'”


Disciples not getting it due to hardness of heart

Mark 6:49-52; 8:11-21

"Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded, because they had not understood"


People astonished at all He did

Mark 7:37

"They were extremely astonished and said, 'He has done everything well! He even makes deaf people hear, and people unable to speak, talk!'”


The Climactic Confession

Mark 8:27-30

“'But you,' He asked them again, 'who do you say that I am?'”



Mark 9:2-8

"This is My beloved Son; listen to Him!" 


Jesus' identity determines our response

Mark 10:15-18

"'Why do you call Me good?' Jesus asked him. 'No one is good but One—God.'"


His identity determines His authority

Mark 11:27-33

“By what authority are You doing these things?"


The son from the Father rejected, the rejected cornerstone

Mark 12:1-12

“He still had one to send, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’"


Amazing answers when tested

Mark 12:13-17

"And they were amazed at Him"


Fulfillment of prophecy

Mark 12:35-37

"David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how then can the Messiah be his Son?”


Answering the High Priest

Mark 14:60-64

“Are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”


Answering Pilate 

Mark 15:1-2

So Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”


His Identity Mocked

Mark 15:29-32

"Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe.”


The centurion confesses a difference

Mark 15:37-39

“This man really was God’s Son!”




Why did He Come Here?


Turning Point: Immediately after His identity if confessed by Peter, Jesus begins to explain His approaching Death


Mark 8:31-33

"Then He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, be killed, and rise after three days."


Mark 9:11-13

"...they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.”


Mark 9:30-32

For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and after He is killed, He will rise three days later.”

Mark 10:32-33

“Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death."

Mark 14:3-9

She has done what she could; she has anointed My body in advance for burial.


How Do I Respond to Him?


Mark 8:34-38

"If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me."


Mark 9:33-37

“If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”

Mark 10:13-16

“Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."


Mark 10:17-22

“You lack one thing: Go, sell all you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”



Does it pay to make such an absolute response to such an absolute Person making such absolute demands?


Mark 9:38-41

And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of My name,since you belong to the MessiahI assure you: He will never lose his reward.


Mark 10:23-31

“...there is no one who has left house, brothers or sisters, mother or father, children, or fields because of Me and the gospel, who will not receive 100 times more, now at this time—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and eternal life in the age to come"


Mark 10:35-45

They answered Him, “Allow us to sit at Your right and at Your left in Your glory.”



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