The Importance of Studying Mark's Gospel for Christians
Disciples were followers of Jesus. The first disciples that Jesus
called were fishermen, Simon, who later became Peter, and Andrew. He
told them to leave their nets. He said: "Come with me and I will teach
you to catch people." (Mark 1:16-20)
Next, he called two brothers, James and John, who left a lucrative
business straight away, to follow Jesus, a stranger that they had
Then, soon after, when a crowd was following Jesus, he saw a tax-
collector named Levi. He said: "Follow me." (Mark 2:13-17) And Levi
got up and followed him. The Israeli people hated tax collectors. They
were rich and
had certain privileges, but Levi chose Jesus rather than keep working
for the Romans
Jesus needed disciples because he knew he didn't have much time before
death, so he had to have people to spread his word after he had gone,
preach and to cast out demons.
He told them: "I have chosen you to be with me." And he said to them:
will also send you out to preach, and you will have the authority to
demons." (Mark 3:13-19) This is significant because these were the
twelve men who were going to carry out his work after he died, and
Peter became the first Pope and the rock that the church was built on.
The disciples were far from perfect. The future head of the church
denied Jesus three times before
his crucifixion. We can take solace from this because it shows that
the disciples were not perfect and that even though we should strive
for perfection we do not necessarily need to achieve it.
Jesus sent out his disciples in twos. He gave them authority over evil
spirits. He told them: "Do not take anything with you on your journey
except a stick - no bread, no beggar's bag, no money in your pockets.
Wear sandals, but don't carry an extra shirt." (Mark 6:7-13) This is
very important because it showed how urgent the cause was.
He also said if you go to a town where people do not welcome you or
will not listen to you, leave it, and don't come back. That will be a
warning to them!
He said to them: "So throughout the whole world and preach the gospel
the whole human race. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved.
Whoever does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:14-18) He gave
them all the power of speaking in different languages, so as to spread
the word through hall cultures.
An example of courage is the woman who suffered from severe
bleeding. She believed that if she could just touch Jesus' cloak, she
be cured. She did so, and Jesus felt the power drain out of him. Her
bleeding stopped and Jesus asked who touched his clothes. The woman
afraid and trembling but told him the whole truth. Jesus told her that
her faith had made her well.