This book is based on a series of sermons preached at Kensington Baptist Church in Bristol, England. The author has increasingly—and beyond his expectations—been drawn in by the sheer power of the Bible’s storytelling. Grasping something of the skilled and beautiful construction of the Gospel has frequently shed fresh light on familiar passages; recognizing the half-concealed links to the Old Testament prophets has opened up new understanding of the mission of the Lord Jesus.
Mark’s Gospel focuses on the Lord Jesus as the crucified Christ; as his followers, we are called to take up our cross and follow him who gave his life as a ransom for many. If this book encourages you in this path of discipleship, it will have achieved its purpose.
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“Even Uzziah, one of their greatest kings, when struck with leprosy was shut away in a house by himself for the rest of his life—a king, yet an outcast (2 Chr. 26:16–21). The rabbis believed that it was as difficult to cleanse a leprosy sufferer as it was to raise the dead, which was not exactly encouraging. The Old Testament records only two cases of leprosy being healed, both by divine intervention: one was Miriam, the sister of Moses, and the other was Naaman, the Syrian general.” (Page 45)
“But here is the good news—if it really is good news—a message that will cost you, not nothing, but everything. John’s message was simple, straight, uncompromising: ‘Repent. Turn round and let Jesus bring God himself into your life.’ Good news? That depends on our response!” (Page 24)
“‘Get behind me.’ That doesn’t mean, ‘Get out of my sight.’ It means, ‘Your place is not to tell me what to do, Peter; your place is to follow me. So get in line, get behind me.” (Page 181)
“But, as we saw in verses 3–4, the desert is the place where people go in order to meet with God, to see spiritual realities more clearly.” (Page 40)
“Leprosy was a terrible curse: it ruined normal life and brought pain and ugliness into human life. Jesus healed people from it—such was his compassion—but, wonderful as that was, it points ahead to the healing of the far greater curse of sin, which, even more than leprosy, ruins normal life, destroys relationships and brings pain and ugliness into human life. Jesus came to provide cleanness from sin, the disease, the curse that affects us all because we have all broken God’s law. Under the curse, we are all outcasts, cut off from God by the barrier of sin. But, as Galatians 3:13 puts it, ‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” (Page 47)
This clear, lively, readable, and accessible study is the fruit of sound scholarship. Steve Wilmshurst has worked carefully over the critical and sometimes controversial issues of interpretation, and walks us through them in a wise and measured way. But it is also scholarship that has been turned into practical pastoral preaching. And because it is preached material, it is realistically earthed and applied to us today. It will encourage many Christians who are frightened by commentaries to get to grips with Mark’s gospel, and I warmly commend it.
—Christopher Ash, Proclamation Trust, director, Cornhill Training Course
Wilmshurst has written a commentary with real substance that is also great fun to read. Well-known moments in Mark’s gospel are freshly lit up by contemporary illustrations, penetrating application and a keen sense of how each moment fits into Mark’s overall shape and purpose. It’s just the sort of book I would want to press into the hands of people at our church.
—Mike Cain, senior pastor, Emmanuel Church, Bristol