Essay # 1
The three major themes of Mark’s Gospel would be faith, discipleship and the Jesus as a faith healer and healing by forgiving of sins. Faith is displayed all throughout Mark’s Gospel. For example in “The Healing of a Paralytic” it says “Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven” (2:4-6). This passage from the gospel of Mark show how much faith they have in Jesus. Why else would these people go through this to get there friend to him, if they did not have faith in Jesus. Another example of faith from Mark’s Gospel would be found in “Jairus’s Daughter and the Woman with a Hemorrhage” and it says “The woman realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction” (5:33-35). I don’t believe that the woman totally believed that she was going to be healed until she actually put her hand on Jesus and realized what truly happened. At that point is when she had full and utter faith in Jesus. This theme suggests that Mark may feel as though his community needs more faith. Maybe it is that his community does not believe that Jesus in the messiah and Mark thinks if he shows all these other in his stories that have faith, his community will be faith filled too. Mark paints a picture of Jesus spreading the faith to everyone. Discipleship is a huge theme in Mark’s Gospel, he depicts the disciples as not understanding who they are following. For example, in “The Calming of a Storm at Sea” it says, “Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?’ They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey” (4:40-41). In this example you have the disciple asking each other, who is this. This is the author of Marks’s Gospel show the disciples as not understanding who Jesus is. Moving through Mark’s Gospel you find another example in, “The second Prediction of the Passion” and it says, “He was teaching his disciples and telling them “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will raise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him” (9:31-32). In this small passage in Mark’s Gospel so much is happening. It shows Jesus trying to teach his disciples what is going to happen to him. This second theme of Mark, portraying the disciples as fearing Jesus and this is why they don’t understand him. They are in fear of questioning him. Because of that fear they have of Jesus, it takes away their ability to learn from him. Mark’s theme of Jesus as a faith healer and healing by forgiving of sins is seen throughout Mark’s Gospel. For example in, “The Healing of a Boy with a Demon” it says, “Then he questioned his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” He replied, “Since childhood. It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is Possible to one who has faith.” Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Jesus, on seeing a crowed rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you come out of him and never enter him again!” This passage show Jesus telling the father of the boy all you have to do is believe and your son is healed. This is a common theme in Mark, the one how have faith in him he heals or forgives their sins to heal them. Essay #2
The prophecies of the Old Testament are predictions or revelation of a future event. The theme of Matthew’s Gospel is portraying Jesus as being the fulfillment...
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