The Gospel of St. Mark

Gleanings on St. Mark's Gospel

CHRIST lived and taught in the power of the fact of spiritual law in the natural world.

"All natural things by Him were touched from high altitudes of spiritual perception and spiritual power, and consequently, whenever I take up the story of His dealing with a man on the physical side of His nature, I see flaming through it His method in dealing with men in spiritual need. Therefore all the stories of Christ's dealing with physical disability have been used, and rightly so, as illustrations of His method with spiritual need." - Dr. G. Campbell Morgan.

“In this Gospel Christ is holiness in the midst of sin, life in the midst of death, light in the midst of darkness, strength in the midst of weakness. He gives beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. He has salvation for the meek, healing for the brokenhearted and liberty for the prisoners of death. His own death dug the grave of human sin. His resurrection is His measureless resource to fill the earth with the glory of God. This is worthy of heaven and is the object in creation, the end of history, the goal of redemption and the key to the eternal counsel and covenant of God." - Dr. H. Gregg.

Dr. Alexander McLaren says of Mark's Gospel: “Christ’s life has been lived and His death died, so the Gospel is no longer the message of an impersonal revolution in the world's attitude to God's will, but the biography of Him Who is at once first subject and monarch of the Kingdom of Heaven, and by Whom alone we are brought into it. Neither a philosophy nor a morality, but a history is the true good news for men. The world is hungry and when it cries for bread, wise men give it a stone, but God gives the fare it needs. Although this is of small account in some people's eyes, yet humble, simple, uneducated people, barbarous people, dying people, and little children can eat and live. Why break your teeth on the dry hones of philosophies and moralities?"

The good news of the world is the story of Christ's life and death and resurrection. A subject to which poet and painter, architect and musician owe their noblest themes. Let us be thankful for its form, and let us be thankful for its substance.

Let us recall that the Gospels reveal distinctive features of Christ in His official capacities. In Matthew He claimed to be King of the heavenly kingdom. In Mark, He is Heir of the redeemed inheritance. In Luke, He is Priest of the celestial sanctuary. In John, He is Son of the Father's house. As the King He came to reinstate man back to kingship. As the Heir, He redeemed man to heirship. As the priest, He reconciled man to fellowship. As the Son, He regenerated man for sonship.

Therefore, through the Redeemer's work, we are made kings, made heirs, made priests, and made sons. These portraitures are sharp and clear-cut consisting of the silhouette in Matthew, the steel engraving in Mark, the semi.tone in Luke, and the superlative picture in John. In His personality we discover the deepest sympathy, the loveliest grace, the fairest beauty, the lowliest humility, and the highest glory. The Son is free of all the frailties and formalities that are acceptable to fashionable religion. There is nothing weak, sickly, sentimental or cowardly about the Christ of God, but a strong, resolute, chivalrous deportment and high bearing. . Editor.