In the following article you will find a brief commentary on Mark 1 that goes along with our Riverside Church Two Year Bible Reading Plan (Volume 1 & Volume 2). This plan will allow you to read the New Testament and Psalms once every year and the Old Testament once every two years.
The Gospel of Mark is probably the earliest of the Synoptic Gospels (see Blog for January 12, 2014 on Matthew 12-14). John Mark writes from the perspective of the Apostle Peter, recording what Peter passed on to him.
Mark’s gospel is concise and action packed. We gain a powerful overview of the ministry of our Lord as the narrative moves quickly from verse to verse. There is no birth account as we begin with only a brief summary of the forerunner, John the Baptist, and of Jesus’ baptism and temptation experience.
Here in chapter 1 the first disciples are called. Jesus motivates his followers with two things: First, with Himself (“Follow me!”). Secondly, he invites the new disciples to come with him to change the world (“… and I will make you become fishers of men”).
The invitation is to know Jesus, to follow his life and example, to be a disciple and to make disciples – this is Mark’s theme. May you encounter the risen Lord Jesus as you meditate on God’s word and follow Him!