As regards the title, be thankful that we have U’s and J’s and capital letters in modern times. Now we can write like this: Jesus Secundum Marcum – Brevis. I suppose that if I’m only examining the big stuff, I’ll only need one post. Because of that, I won’t use the list format I did for Matthew. This will be a more…”normally formatted” post.
Well then: two things at the very beginning paint a divine image of Christ. For one thing, He is called the Son of God in the very first verse – “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God”. As I said in my first Matthew post, sons are like in nature to their fathers. A man’s son is a man, a dog’s son is a dog, etc… and so the Son of God must be God. You might say, “Why couldn’t He be a god? Like, you know, a different god? Because the son of a man is a different man, the son of a dog is a different dog, so why wouldn’t the son of God be a different god?”
I’ll tell you: as I’ve stated repeatedly, sons are like in nature to their fathers. They are what their fathers are: men, or dogs, or whatever. But in the case of men and dogs and any other creature, the father and son each have their own allotment of their respective natures.
But look at God: He is infinite. The infinite and the finite are not similar. They’re forever apart. So in order for God’s Son to be at all “like in nature” to His Father, He must have an infinite nature. Two infinites cannot exist. One would inevitably be inferior or greater. So in the Son of God’s solitary case, He must have the one exact infinite nature that the Father has, and because of that, Father and Son are the same God.
OK, the second divine paint at the beginning of Mark is that Isaiah 40:3 is applied to Jesus: “Prepare the way of the Lord”. Lord in this case = God.
As in Matthew, He forgives sins (Mark 2:5).
Remembering what I said above that Son of God in Jesus’ case = God Himself, it’s interesting to note that unclean spirits fall down before Him and declare Him to be the Son of God in Mark 3:11-12 and He “strictly charged them that they should not make Him known”. That means “Son of God” is a way more forceful title for Jesus than that which a mere man could possess.
He changes names (Mark 3:16-17). This is the type of thing God does.
A man with an unclean spirit adores Jesus (adoration is due to God only) and declares Him to be “Son of the most high God” (Mark 5:6-7).
As in Matthew, He will come in the glory of the Father with angels (Mark 8:38).
As in Matthew, He is the Lord of David (Mark 12:36-37).
He affirms directly that He is “the Son of the Blessed God” by saying “I am”. Not only does He claim to be the Son of God, which, remember, equals God for Him, but also He says “I am” which could very well be an application of God’s name to Himself. Either way, He is accused of blasphemy (Mark 14:61-64), so those who heard obviously thought He was overstepping the bounds of what a mere man could say.
He ascends into Heaven and sits at God’s right hand (Mark 16:19).
Well, I can’t think of a good conclusion. Guess that’s all for now. lol.