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Jesus & the Kingdom
(Category 14 of 16)
Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of Mark, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the Gospel of Mark, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Mark demonstrates that Jesus is Israel’s Messiah who inaugurates God’s kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection.
The Gospel According to
THE message of Mark’s gospel is captured in a single verse: “For even the Son
of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom
for many” (10:45). Chapter by chapter, the book unfolds the dual focus of Christ’s
life: service and sacrifice.
Mark portrays Jesus as a Servant on the move, instantly responsive to the will
of the Father. By preaching, teaching, and healing, He ministers to the needs of
others even to the point of death. After the Resurrection, He commissions His followers
to continue His work in His power—servants following in the steps of the
The ancient title for this gospel was Kata Markon, “According to Mark.” The
author is best known by his Latin name Marcus, but in Jewish circles he was
called by his Hebrew name John. Acts 12:12, 25 refer to him as “John whose surname
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 THE abeginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, bthe Son of God.
2 As it is written in 1the Prophets:
a“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.”
3 “Thea voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’ ”
4 aJohn came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of
CHAPTER 1 References
1 aLuke 3:22
2 aMal. 3:1
3 aIs. 40:3
4 aMal. 4:5, 6;
Matt. 3:1 1Or
5 aMatt. 3:5
6 aMatt. 3:4
7 aJohn 1:27
8 aActs 1:5;
repentance 1for the remission of sins.
5 aThen all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the River, confessing their sins.
6 Now John was aclothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7 And he preached, saying, a“There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.
8 a“I indeed baptized you with wa-
ter, but He will baptize you bwith the Holy Spirit.”
John Baptizes Jesus
9 aIt came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the
10 aAnd immediately, coming up 1from the water, He saw the heavens 2parting and the Spirit bdescending upon Him like a dove.
11 Then a voice came from heaven, a“You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Satan Tempts Jesus
12 aImmediately the Spirit 1drove Him into the wilderness.
13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; aand the angels ministered to Him.
Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry
14 aNow after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, bpreaching the gospel 1of the kingdom of God,
15 and saying, a“The time is fulfilled, and bthe kingdom of God 1is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Four Fishermen Called as Disciples
16 aAnd as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become afishers of men.”
18 aThey immediately left their nets and followed Him.
19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets.
20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.
Jesus Casts Out an Unclean Spirit
21 aThen they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the bsynagogue and taught.
22 aAnd they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an aunclean spirit. And he cried out,
24 saying, “Let us alone! aWhat have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I bknow who You are—the cHoly One of God!”
25 But Jesus arebuked him, saying, 1“Be quiet, and come out of him!”
8 bIs. 44:3
10 aMatt. 3:16
1NU out of
11 aMatt. 3:17;
13 aMatt. 4:10,
14 aMatt. 4:12
1NU omits of
15 a[Gal. 4:4] bMatt. 3:2;
14:26] 21 aLuke
22 aMatt. 7:28,
12:43] 24 aMatt. 8:28,
2:19 cPs. 16:10
4:39] 1Lit. Be
26 aMark 9:20
27 1NU What
is this? A new
28 aMatt. 4:24;
29 aLuke 4:38,
32 aMatt. 8:16,
34 aLuke 13:32
35 aLuke 4:42,
43 bLuke 5:16;
6:12; 9:28, 29
37 aJohn 3:26;
11:6] 38 aLuke 4:43
b[Is. 61:1, 2] 39 aMatt. 4:23;
5:8, 13; 7:29,
41 aLuke 7:13
42 aMatt. 15:28
26 And when the unclean spirit ahad convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.
27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, 1“What is this? What new 2doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”
28 And immediately His afame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.
Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed
29 aNow as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once.
31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.
Many Healed After Sabbath Sunset
32 aAt evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed.
33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and acast out many demons; and He bdid not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
Preaching in Galilee
35 Now ain the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a 1solitary place; and there He bprayed.
36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.
37 When they found Him, they said to Him, a“Everyone bis looking for You.”
38 But He said to them, a“Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because bfor this purpose I have come forth.”
39 aAnd He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and bcasting out demons.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
40 aNow a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing,You can make me clean.”
41 Then Jesus, moved with acompassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
42 As soon as He had spoken, aimmediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once,
44 and said to him, “See that you
say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things awhich Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
45 aHowever, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; band they came to Him from every direction.
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic
1 And again aHe entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.
2 1Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.
3 Then they came to Him, bringing a aparalytic who was carried by four men.
4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7 “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? aWho can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?
9 a“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?
10 “But that you may know that the Son of Man has 1power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic,
11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and aglorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
Matthew the Tax Collector
13 aThen He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them.
14 aAs He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, b“Follow Me.” So he arose and cfollowed Him.
15 aNow it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat to-
45 aLuke 5:15
bMark 2:2, 13;
CHAPTER 2 References
1 aMatt. 9:1
2 1NU omits
3 aMatt. 4:24;
7 aIs. 43:25
9 aMatt. 9:5
12 a[Phil. 2:11] 13 aMatt. 9:9
15 aMatt. 9:10
16 1NU of the
17 aMatt. 9:12,
13; 18:11 1NU
omits to repentance
19 1Lit. sons of
20 aActs 1:9;
13:2, 3; 14:23
23 aLuke 6:1–5
24 aEx. 20:10;
25 a1 Sam.
26 aLev. 24:5–9
27 aDeut. 5:14
28 aMatt. 12:8
together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.
16 And when the scribes 1and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, a“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, 1to repentance.”
Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting
18 aThe disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”
19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the 1friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
20 “But the days will come when the bridegroom will be ataken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.
21 “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse.
22 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
23 aNow it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began bto pluck the heads of grain.
24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is anot lawful on the Sabbath?”
25 But He said to them, “Have you never read awhat David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him:
26 “how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, awhich is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?”
27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the aSabbath.
28 “Therefore athe Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
A Call to Worship and Obedience
1 OH come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with apsalms.
3 For athe LORD is the great God, And the great King above all gods.
4 1In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also.
5 aThe sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let aus kneel before the LORD our Maker.
PSALM 95 References
2 aEph. 5:19;
3 a[Ps. 96:4;
1 Cor. 8:5, 6] 4 1In His possession
5 aGen. 1:9, 10;
6 a2 Chr. 6:13;
[Phil. 2:10] 7 aPs. 79:13
15; 4:7 1Under
8 aEx. 17:2–7;
lit. Trial, Testing
9 aPs. 78:18;
[1 Cor. 10:9] bNum. 14:22
10 aActs 7:36;
3:10, 17 1disgusted
Heb. 4:3, 5
7 For He is our God, And awe are the people of His pasture, And the sheep 1of His hand.
bToday, if you will hear His voice:
8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the 1rebellion, aAs in the day of 2trial in the wilderness,
9 When ayour fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they bsaw My work.
10 For aforty years I was 1grieved with that generation, And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, And they do not know My ways.’
11 So aI swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
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