Mark was not one of the 12 disciples but he accompanied Apostle Paul on his first missionary journey (Acts 13 v 13).
Mark’s Gospel emphasizes Jesus Christ’s power as well as his servant hood. Jesus Christ teaching turned the world upside down. But Jesus, with all authority and power in heaven and earth, chose to serve others. He held children in his arms, healed the sick, washed the disciples feet, and died for the sins of the world. As believers, we are called to be servants of Christ. As Christ served, we are to serve.
Mark shows us Jesus – moving, serving, sacrificing and saving. Jesus had all the power of almighty God – he raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, restored deformed bodies. But with all this power, Jesus came to mankind as a servant. So many did not recognise or acknowledge him as the Messiah.
Jesus crossed national, racial and economic barriers to spread his Good News. Jesus message of faith and forgiveness is for the whole world not just the local church, neighbourhood, or nation. His miracles of forgiveness bring healing, wholeness and changed lives to those who trust him. Readers too, must be careful they do not reject God or his will for their lives because it does not quite fit their image of how God should be.