Mark 1:1 The Messianic Secret

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

//Mark’s Gospel is known for many peculiarities, and one of them is this matter of the Messianic Secret. Mark begins his gospel with this verse, introducing Jesus. Then, throughout the story of Jesus, he portrays the disciples as dim-witted, unable to grasp that their master is the Messiah. The Son of God.

Everybody else knows Jesus is the Son of God. Demons knew. Evil spirits would shout, “You are the Son of God.” The madman of Gadara figured it out. The Centurion (Roman soldier) knew it. Heck, God said it twice, quite loudly I bet.

But the disciples never do reach this conclusion, even after Jesus died. This Gospel ends with three women coming to the grave and finding it empty, then running away and telling no one. *

* The original gospel ends with verse 15:8.

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