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The writer of this book was John Mark, usually called Mark (perhaps to distinguish him from the apostle John and from John the Baptist). He was the son of Mary, the sister of Barnabas, and he went with Barnabas and Paul on their missionary journey to Cyprus (Acts 13:4-5). He was a friend of the apostle Peter who called him his"'son" (1 Peter 5:13; Acts 12:12) and he may have been the "young man" in Mark 14:51 who saw Jesus arrested by the Jews.

Mark records the events of Jesus' three-and-a-half year ministry, from baptism to burial, and shows Jesus as the one who served. It is worth noting how many miracles of healing and other acts of service are found in this short book; nearly twenty are recorded in chapters 1-10. It is also significant how Mark emphasises Jesus' closeness to the people - mingling with them, speaking personally to them, and especially touching those to whom he ministered.

There are only 16 chapters in this book. The message is straightforward, simple and urgent, and the style is crisp and to the point. The short last chapter gives a brief account of the resurrection of Jesus and of his instructions to the apostles to "go into all the world and preach the gospel" (v.15).

Though Jeus was God's servant, he is also seen in Mark's record to be the Son of God.


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