shortest of the gospels, it opens with
the preaching of John the Baptist and
closes abruptly with the women fleeing
in terror from the empty tomb.
"My God, my God, why have you
1:1--8:26 recounts the beginning of Jesus' ministry.
Mark is the shortest gospel. It begins with
the Baptist's preaching and Jesus' baptism.
Jesus performs miracles of healing. When a paralytic
is lowered through the
roof, Jesus forgives his sins and heals him.
When asked why he ate with sinners he replied
that is those who are sick who need a physician.
Jesus casts out demons, and when some declare
that he does so by the power of Satan, Jesus
warns that those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit
do not have forgiveness. Jesus tells a parable
about a sower scattering seed on different types
of soil to show how different types of people
respond to God's word. At Jesus' command, demons
leave a possessed man and enter a herd of pigs,
who plunge into the sea. Pharisees complain
that Jesus' disciples do not follow traditional
rites for purification, and Jesus responds that
people are not defiled what comes from outside,
but by the sins that come from within a person.
8:27-16:8 completes Jesus' ministry and passion.
Jesus asks who people say that he is, and Peter
confesses that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus begins
teaching them that he must suffer many things. Jesus
appears in glory, along with Moses
and Elijah, at
his "Transfiguration," but he continues
speaking of his death. A rich young ruler
asks about the way to eternal life, and Jesus
tells him to give away his possessions and follow.
The crowds praise him when he rides into Jerusalem
on a donkey. He teaches in the Temple
and eats the Passover
with his disciples. He prays in the garden of
Gethsemane and is arrested. His trial and crucifixion
culminate with the words, " My God, my
God, why have you forsaken me?" and in
the centurion's confession that Jesus is the
Son of God. On the third day several women find
that Jesus' tomb is empty. An angelic messenger
declares that Jesus is risen and will meet the
disciples in Galilee. The women flee the tomb
1:1-10 - Jesus' baptism
2:1-12 - Forgiveness and healing
15:21-41 - Jesus' death