Jesus and the Resurrection in the Gospel of Mark

It is unfortunate, I think, that Western Christianity has emphasized the crucifixion to such a degree that the resurrection, the good news, is often eclipsed.

Consider the three prophecies Jesus made of himself in the second half of the Gospel according to Mark.

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. (Mark 8:31)

They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” (Mark 9:30-31)

They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” (Mark 10:32-34)

In each case the prophecy climaxes with the resurrection. And yet, as you can see for yourself the titles inserted into the Bible for these passages focus exclusively on the crucifixion:

  • Jesus Predicts His Death
  • Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
  • Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

I think we need to read Mark with fresh eyes.

One Comment

  1. I completely agree with you …..I often ask myself Why did God create us ? Is it safe to say for His Purpose ? We could debate what that purpose is but I’m not here for that….God created us for His purpose and at that very moment it was by His Grace we are here…because without God…none of this Happens..again He created us for His purpose

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