The Mission Of Jesus As Described In The Gospel Of Mark

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When Jesus asked his disciples about what people thought about him, they answered that some considered Jesus to be e prophet, some - John the Baptist. But Jesus wanted his disciples to understand his mission, the reason why God brought him to Earth. That is why it was important for him to make sure that people realize who he is and that his sayings are vital for the whole mankind. Jesus was the Messiah, the anointed one, above all other prophets. He was sent to suffer for the all human beings and the reasons why his suffering was necessary are described in Mark's Gospel 8:27-9:1.

Jewish people expected that He would bring deliverance through the conquest but Jesus explained that deliverance can be achieved only through the cross. Jesus will achieve victory through suffering. It is the cross, not crown He will take up. Explaining His mission to the listeners he requires them to adjust and raise their expectations of Messiah . Jesus is much more than they had anticipated and God's mean of deliverance is through death. Jesus knew that He was misunderstood as Messiah and corrected their view in the gospel of Mark.

Mark 8:34 is the only time on the Gospel when Jesus calls the crowd together with disciples because his message is of very high importance. The price for discipleship is a complete denial of yourself in the name of God . And the mission of Jesus is to bring this message to humankind through his suffering and death on the cross. In Mark's gospel Jesus provides his identity which becomes the turning point in the human history. Before He was teaching, healing the sick, had scraps with authorities and established a group of disciples . Was it his mission? No. Jesus is the Messiah.

After this passage Jesus is no longer dealt as just a good man who sets a good example to people teaching them justice and peace and love. From now on, Jesus is divine and eternal, unique and all powerful Son of the living God. Jesus has to suffer and His suffering, death and resurrection were prophesized in the Old Testament . Mark puts the future destiny of Jesus into one verse (31) He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.

From the reading of the Gospel of Mark it is not completely understood how far Jesus went with teaching about salvation which will be brought after his death and resurrection . However, it seems that disciples did not completely realize his mission, or probably it was not a time yet for them to realize it.

Peter disapproves and rebukes Jesus, but why? It is because the destiny of Jesus determines the destiny of his followers. Therefore, if Jesus is not going to reign, but to die, disciples will partake in His suffering. Therefore, knowing beforehand that they have to suffer and die did not encourage them much. Jesus realizes that Peter is...

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