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Acts 12:12 ESV
When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
His home was a meeting place for the early Church
Acts 12:25 ESV
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, whose other name was Mark.
Colossians 4:10 ESV
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him),
He was the cousin of The Apostle Barnabas
Acts 13:5 ESV
When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.
He was a great helper to the Apostles
Acts 13:13 ESV
Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem,
He abandoned them on the mission field
Colossians 4:10 ESV
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him),
This is a sad moment. A deserter, he left them. He disappeared. He disappears from the New Testament record, by the way, for a few years. He left. And he didn’t go back to Antioch, that wouldn’t sit well with the Antiochian church had sent him out trusting he would serve the two preachers. So he went to Jerusalem. He disappears for a few years.
Acts 15:36 ESV
And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.”
A few years have passed. John Mark hasn’t been an issue because he’s not around. But Paul has not forgotten his defection, his desertion, his cowardiceness … his cowardice, I should say, his weakness.
Acts 15:37 ESV
Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark.
They have come back from the first journey. They’ve given the full report of what God did on their first missionary journey. Time has gone by. Paul finally says to Barnabas after some time has passed, “Let’s return, visit the brethren in every city. Let’s go on the second missionary journey, go back to the places where we founded the church, planted the church, proclaimed the Word of the Lord and see how they are doing. Barnabas wanted to take John called Mark along with them also. But Paul kept insisting …” which means Barnabas kept insisting
He was the cousin of The Apostle Barnabas
Acts 15:38 AMP
But Paul did not think it best to have along with them the one who had quit and deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work.
Acts 15:39 AMP
And there followed a sharp disagreement between them, so that they separated from each other, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.
Acts 15:40 AMP
But Paul selected Silas and set out, being commended by the brethren to the grace (the favor and mercy) of the Lord.
Acts 15:41 ESV
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
He had showed he lacked courage, strength, commitment. He was a defector. He was a deserter.
Barnabas, by the way, takes John Mark and Barnabas disappears for two years in history. We don’t know where he is for two years. John Mark disappears for ten years … ten years. Ten years later he shows up again
What can they do for God’s work?
What can God’s work do for them?
d“What can God’s work do for them?”
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 466). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Colossians 4:10 ESV
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him),
His name shows up in a letter written from Paul to the church at Colossae. By the way, Paul is in Rome when he writes this letter. When he was in Rome the first time as a prisoner, and he had two imprisonments, the first time and then he was released, and then he had ministry and then he was imprisoned again in Rome a second time and he was martyred. This is the first imprisonment. He is in his first imprisonment in Rome and he writes three letters … Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon.
Here we are ten years later. Paul is in Rome. Mark is in Rome with Paul … again. And Paul says, “I’m sending Mark on my behalf. When he gets there, welcome him.” He’s back in the good graces of Paul.
MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2014). John MacArthur Sermon Archive. Panorama City, CA: Grace to You.
Philemon 23 ESV
Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,
Philemon 24 ESV
and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
2 Timothy 4:9 ESV
Do your best to come to me soon.
2 Timothy 4:10 ESV
For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
2 Timothy 4:11 ESV
Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.
Desertion does have to be our destiny
Twenty two, twenty three years since the incident of Peter’s release from prison. This is the end for him
From the time of his first imprisonment, he had Mark at his side. A few years later in his second imprisonment on the brink of his death, he wanted Mark with him. So I say to you, this is the story of the restored deserter.
MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2014). John MacArthur Sermon Archive. Panorama City, CA: Grace to You.
1 Peter 5:13 ESV
She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son.
Now that part of the story is interesting, isn’t it? His relationship to Paul is monumental. Can’t imagine a simple, humble helper being an intimate friend and companion of the great Apostle Paul. But his relationship to another Apostle is far more significant. That other Apostle is Peter.
Certainly it would be the privilege of all privileges for a failure, defector, deserter, rejected by Paul to be restored in grace to become the helper and friend of that marvelous man. How could he expect that kind of honor? But he had even more than that. He became the companion and confidant of Peter. If Paul was the greatest Apostle in terms of the volume of things that he wrote. Peter was Christ’s most intimate friend. What kind of privilege would it be to spend years alongside Paul and years alongside Peter?
Did he know Peter? Sure he knew Peter. Peter had come to his house many times in the years of the early church. Had he heard Peter preach? Absolutely he heard Peter preach. But it wasn’t the early acquaintance with Peter that was so significant, it was the later acquaintance with Peter. Remember those ten years when John Mark disappears? Part of the time he was with Peter. You remember when he left he went back to Jerusalem? He didn’t stay in Jerusalem. Peter took him somewhere.
Oh, not his physical son, but his spiritual son. No doubt Mark had come to Christ listening to Peter preach way back when he was young. No doubt Peter was the first great impactful spiritual influence on his young life. Peter was responsible for his conversion.
You say, “Why is that important? Why does that matter?” Because Mark’s gospel is the product of Peter’s eyewitness testimony. The source for Mark from a human viewpoint is Peter. His gospel is based on Peter’s eyewitness accounts of the life of the Lord Jesus which Peter rehearsed day after day after day after day, as he went out into the streets and the buildings of Rome and preached the gospel with Mark at his side. And, believe me, Mark had heard it before that, going all the way back to his childhood. This is Peter’s account through John Mark, not an Apostle, not a prophet, not a pastor, not a leader, not a teacher, just a helper. He is given this immense incredible privilege of writing what he calls the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who controlled all the information that had come to him through Peter he wrote this gospel.
Matthew, a former tax collector. Luke, a Gentile. John, a brash son of thunder. And Mark, a defector. And you ask, “Why did the Lord choose those people?” Because those are the only kind of people there are, sinful, unqualified people … forgiven sinners to choose from.
MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2014). John MacArthur Sermon Archive. Panorama City, CA: Grace to You.
The purpose of the Gospel = To present Christ as the Perfect Suffering Servant King
Who was the original audience = Mark seems to have targeted Roman believers. Particularity Gentiles who are largely unfamiliar with Jewish customs.
Mark 1:1 ESV
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Gospel= Glad tidings of salvation, in a Messianic context it points to ultimate salvation of Gods people.
It encompassed a message of ultimate victory triumph and eternal rescue. making this the best news possible.
Jesus = Yahweh is salvation
Christ = anointed one of God
The words Christ and Messiah are the same words, Messiah= Hebrew Christ= Greek
The Messiah/ Christ was to deliver them
God’s messenger who introduces the King
Mark 1:2 ESV
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,
Mark 1:3 ESV
the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’ ”
God knows what is needed to present the gospel.
Just as he does with every man He prepares the way but the response is on us.
Mark 1:4 ESV
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Mark 1:5 ESV
And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
The word “ ALL” really shows the impact of his ministry
He was truly called of God
He said what God wanted him to say
He did what God told him to do
Mark 1:6 ESV
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
We see with the messengers life, which is a life of self denial
His living quarters was the wilderness
His clothing was simple
His food was simple and sustainable
Mark 1:7 ESV
And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
We hear the messengers message : The preeminence of Christ
Mark 1:8 ESV
I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
We hear the messengers message : The power of Christ
Mark 1:9 ESV
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
JTB had been preaching for about six months
This is the only recorded encounter as adults
Matthew 3:15 ESV
But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
This models for us Christ’s complete obedience
Mark 1:10 ESV
And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
Marks favorite word is immediately in which he used 41 times it imparts a sense of speed and urgency and often introduces a new incident or a surprising turn of events within an incident
Isaiah 45:1 ESV
Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:
Isaiah 64:1 CEV
Rip the heavens apart! Come down, Lord; make the mountains tremble.
The Coronation of the king
Mark 1:11 ESV
And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
The Affirmation from the Father
Mark 1:12 ESV
The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
immediately adv. — without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening.
to drive out v. — to force to go away or go out; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings.
The Authority of the King
Mark 1:13 ESV
And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
Mark 1:14 ESV
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15 ESV
and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Mark 1:16 ESV
Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
Mark 1:17 ESV
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
Mark 1:18 ESV
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Mark 1:19 ESV
And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.
Mark 1:20 ESV
And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
Mark 1:21 ESV
And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.
Mark 1:22 ESV
And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
Mark 1:23 ESV
And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,
Mark 1:24 ESV
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.”
Mark 1:25 ESV
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”
Mark 1:26 ESV
And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.
Mark 1:27 ESV
And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”
Mark 1:28 ESV
And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Mark 1:29 ESV
And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
Mark 1:30 ESV
Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.
Mark 1:31 ESV
And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
Mark 1:32 ESV
That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons.
Mark 1:33 ESV
And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
Mark 1:34 ESV
And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
Mark 1:35 ESV
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Mark 1
Mark 1:36 ESV
And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,
Mark 1:37 ESV
and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
Mark 1:38 ESV
And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”
Mark 1:39 ESV
And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Mark 1:40 ESV
And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
Mark 1:41 ESV
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”
Mark 1:42 ESV
And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
Mark 1:43 ESV
And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once,
Mark 1:44 ESV
and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Mark 1:45 ESV
But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
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