The Gospel of Mark is a carefully crafted story that gives an account of Jesus’ life and addresses the question of whether or not he is the Jewish Messiah. The book was designed by Mark to address really specific questions about who Jesus was and if he was the Messiah they had been waiting for. There are three pretty distinct sections. The first section is full of parables and stories of people getting really excited about Jesus. The second section describes the disciples’ confusion and uncertainty as they struggle to understand what it means for Jesus to be the Messiah. The third section follows Jesus’s final days as he fulfils the prophecies and becomes the messianic king. As you watch the video, think about Jesus’s words: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 9:35)
Jesus is called Messiah and Christ many times in the book of Mark. “Messiah” and “Christ” both mean “anointed one”. They both come from the Hebrew word Mashiach.
What are some other names for Jesus?
What name do you prefer for Jesus? Why?
A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual truth. Jesus used parables to teach the people about God. The key to a parable is that it is told in a way that makes people think. They can mean different things to different people. Read Mark 4:3-8:
“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
What do you think that Jesus was trying to teach here?
Throughout the book of Mark, people struggle to believe that Jesus is the Messiah… even his own disciples. Often the people who do believe are the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden. Finally, as Jesus dies up on the cross, one more person sees to the heart of it and believes: “When the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’” (Mark 15:39) A centurion is a name for a Roman soldier; this man would have been an officer in charge of 100 soldiers. The Roman soldiers were the bad guys. They had conquered the land and were a brutal empire. It is surprising and amazing that the centurion recognized Jesus in this way.
Why do you think that it is easier for some people to see Jesus as the Son of God than it is for others?
What can we do as Christians to make it easier for people to feel the love of Jesus?
After you have finished answering the questions, it is time to move into some creative response time. Use materials at your home to retell something from the book of Mark, or to show what is on your heart. You can draw, use Lego, make a video, use art supplies, write a song, use a computer program… whatever strikes you! If you feel comfortable, you are invited to share your work on the Grassroots Facebook page.
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Further Resources for Midweek Church
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