If you were to ask 10 of your friends, to write about you, what would they say? It is likely they will say many similar things about you, but also likely that each of them will have uniquely different things to say about you. My wife and my daughter will have similar things to say about me but also uniquely different things to say. The same applies to the four gospels about Jesus in the Bible. They all say some similar things about Jesus and at the same time they have their unique message about Jesus.
A unique message from the gospel of Mark, is about the speed and urgency that Jesus brought to the preaching and teaching work he did. Mark would often say “immediately Jesus did…” or “immediately Jesus went…”. Mark uses the Greek word “eutheos” translated as “immediately” in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible 41 times. This way of writing about Jesus is unique to Mark.
Take Mark 1:9-12 (KJV): “And it came to pass… Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.”
It is not surprising then that Mark is the shortest gospel. Mark writes about the teachings of Jesus but unlike the book of Matthew, he does not go into details. Mark is more about action – Jesus did this, and then this other thing happened, and immediately that other thing happened. It is fast and captivating, so if you want a quick overview of the life and acts of Jesus, start reading the gospel of Mark!
Dear God, in your wisdom you have given us four similar and unique gospels about Jesus; teach us how the four books support each other to teach us more completely about Jesus, Amen!