Mark: Jesus the Servant-Redeemer

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Jesus the Servant-Redeemer

The Servant, the Sacrifice.

Background: Mark records the life of Jesus about 3 decades after his resurrection, directed to the Romans
Theme: Jesus the Servant-Redeemer
Outline: The Servant and the Sacrifice (or Who is Jesus and Why Did He Come?)
Key Verse: "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45, NIV)

Mark Chapter Index



Key Verse from New American Standard Bible (NASB)

# of Verses
1Preaching of John the Baptist

1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2The Paralytic Healed

22“No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

3Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

35“For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

4Parable of the Sower and Soils

11And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 

5The Gerasene Demoniac

34And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”

6Teaching at Nazareth

34When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. 

7Followers of Tradition

13thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

8Four Thousand Fed

21And He was saying to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

9The Transfiguration

2Six days later, Jesus took* with Him Peter and James and John, and brought* them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; 

10Jesus' Teaching about Divorce

45“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

11The Triumphal Entry

9Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:


    Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord"

12Parable of the Vine-growers

12They were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.

13Things to Come

33“Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come."

14Death Plot and Annointing

24And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many."

15Jesus before Pilate

34At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, My GodMy Godwhy have You forsaken Me?” 

16The Resurrection

6And he said* to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him."


Also see the Gospel Study page for a 13 section series on the four Gospels.


Mark (Shepherd's Notes)  by Edward Blum:  Highly recommend this for a quick summary and a teaching guide.  Easy to read, it covers the significant points of history and application.  I always use this series when I prepare classes.

New Testament Survey by Merrill Tenney: Highly recommend this book for a good background to the life of Jesus and the New Testament. The first half covers background, what the world was like under Roman rule and what the conditions of the Jews were. The second half gives background, outline, and introductions to each of the New Testament books (including Acts).

Bible Background Commentary (New Testament) by Craig S. Keener: Printed by InterVarsity Press, this is an excellent one-volume resource for understanding the customs and background (history, language, and geography) behind the verses of the New Testament. It is not an interpretation of the New Testament as are most commentaries, its purpose is to give background information. I highly recommend this to the serious student of Scripture, who already has a good grasp of the meaning and application of the New Testament.

Bible Knowledge Commentary (New Testament, Volume II) by the Staff of Dallas Theological Seminary : Admittedly a dispensational interpretation, meaning that the authors take the book of Revelation very literally and teach that Jesus will take the Church out of the world before the 'Tribulation Period'. Although I do not agree totally with their opinions, I have found this to be a fair commentary, also explaining the views of others which the authors do not hold. If you use my notes you will receive some insight as to where the points of disagreement are. Highly recommended as the best short commentary on the market. I am easily in agreement with 98% of what this commentary teaches, and who knows if I am right about the other 2%??

Updated by Ron Miller in March 2012
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