Nature of Discipleship and Studying Mark's Gospel
St Mark, peter interpreter, is trying to send a message to Christians
about what being a disciple involves and what it takes to be a
disciple i.e. The cost, The Reward and The dependency. These are all
the things I will be pointing out in this essay, (especially the
nature of discipleship and what Mark tells and about discipleship.
Disciple means learner or student. Followers of Jesus are all his
disciples because they are learning from his teachings, Mk10v13-14
"the disciples scolded the people. When Jesus noticed this he was
angry and he said to his disciples, let the children come to me." This
is an example of a disciple learning from his master. In the gospel
the disciples were the twelve who traveled and worked with Jesus. In
Jesus' time a disciple would live and travel with his teacher.
"Peter's Declaration about Jesus." Mk8v27 "then Jesus and his disciple
went away to the villages", Jesus and his disciples are traveling
together, accompanying each other, just like john the Baptist and the
Pharisees who also had disciples. Mk2v18 "on one occasions the
followers of john the Baptist and the Pharisees".
Many people think that "Apostles" and "Disciples" mean the same thing,
but they don't because an apostle means "messenger, one sent out" "I
will also send you out to preach"Mk3v14. They are sent out to tell
sinners and gentiles to believe the good news. They are sending out a
message about the Kingdom of God and the Good News. Another example of
a messenger is Elijah who was a messenger for the Messiah.
Jesus never once used "Messiah" in the Mark's gospel, because that
would have changed his mission in the world in "Peter's Declaration
about Jesus" Mk8v27-30 "you are the Messiah, then Jesus ordered them,
do not tell anyone about me" this shows that Jesus is determined to
keep his secret as the Messiah. "I will prove to you then t5hat the
son of man has authority." "Son of man" is one title he used for
himself, when he was talking to teachers of the law. Throughout Mark's
gospel Jesus kept the Messianic secret because if he called himself
the Messiah, he would be mistaken for the warrior king. The Jews
believed that the Messiah would come to save them from the Romans and
this was the mistake Peter made Mk8v33 "your thoughts don't come from
God but human nature" After Peter has declared that Jesus was the
Messiah, but he was thinking of different Messiah (warrior king) he
was thinking as a man and not a God.
In Mark's gospel, he tries to refer to the Christians been persecuted
in Rome in many ways he could because they were his audience, he was
writing for them one story in the gospel shows an evidence of this
i.e. "Jesus calms a Storm" (allegory) Mk4v35-41. "The storm" is an
implication of the Christians in Rome. He is...