John the Baptist was the forerunner to Jesus who led an extraordinary life. But Jesus was to be more unique than even John the Baptist. The events leading up to Jesus ministry contribute to the uniqueness of Jesus as well. The Holy Spirit’s role in Jesus is an interesting interaction to examine; it is similar in comparison to our own lives too. The Gospel writers agreed that the Holy Spirit worked through Jesus to accomplish many miracles.
The idea that Jesus was both God and human in nature is impossible to completely understand, but it is vital to the validity of the message Jesus preached during his time as a human being on earth. Without the incarnation and redemption, Christianity is not much different than any of the other religions whose followers have little hope or assurance for the future.
Jesus experienced physical suffering when he made his way to Golgotha or 'The Place of the Skull'. Mark 15:22. Several Christians argue that mark wrote so much about suffering as he wanted to emphasise what it meant to follow Christ, furthermore, by becoming a Christian, you will probably have to suffer for what you believe. Those who do suffer hideous and torturous deaths, like Jesus, will also share in his resurrection. Christianity wouldn't have lasted this long, without the belief of being resurrected, resurrection also proves that Jesus is/was the Son of God, again which proves that God had the power to raise his son from death.
They may have wondered why they should tolerate this treatment without any kind of reward and so Mark included this in his gospel. Mark does include what it means to be a disciple in his gospel, particularly, why Jesus chose disciples to be with him. When Jesus sends out the apostles for missionary work, he gives them three things that they must do. They must preach repentance, cast out devils, and anoint the sick. The preaching of repentance was particularly important for the disciples as they were to spread the good news which was that if one does truly repent, then they will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God.
The price for discipleship is a complete denial of yourself in the name of God . And the mission of Jesus is to bring this message to humankind through his suffering and death on the cross. In Mark's gospel Jesus provides his identity which becomes the turning point in the human history. Before He was teaching, healing the sick, had scraps with authorities and established a group of disciples . Was it his mission?
Jesus died for us all, but when he was resurrected and appeared to the disciples, his disciples realized the true meaning of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The disciples are going to be continuing the work that Jesus was passionate about and helping the people reach their own salvation in the eyes of the Lord. Without that mission of reconciliation, we would be plagued with our debt of sin to
“Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8:27) is one of the most fundamental questions that Jesus asked his disciples. It is a question, from my personal viewpoint, that has a simple answer. Jesus is Lord! Needless to say, there is more to the identity of Jesus, but it is my belief that Jesus is the Messiah, the second person of the Holy Trinity. He is the promised Savior foretold in the Old Testament by the prophets.
In the gospels of Mark and John, both showed a vivid portrait of Jesus in their writing. Mark’s gospel describes much more of Jesus' life, miracles, and parables as suffering servant. However, John’s gospel was written to convince people to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Nonetheless, both John and Mark present many of the crucial events of Jesus' life, including his trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. At the very beginning of the gospels the authors make their representation of Jesus known to the reader, but they rely upon different methods.
Through his letter, 1 Corinthians, Paul conveys the essence of Christianity; he emphasizes on important beliefs and Jesus Christ so that people may go on to living an eternal life. Before understanding the message of Paul, it is quite necessary to understand who Paul was. At first, Paul was a Jew and was on his way to persecute Christians. On his way, he had a vision of Jesus after resurrection. This completely changed Paul and he put his faith in Jesus Christ.
This is true of Peter as well. When Peter sees that the Holy Spirit has fallen on Cornelius and his household he commands that they be baptized right away (Acts 10:48). The jailer and his household (Acts 16:33) , Lydia and her household (Acts 16:15), the Samaritans (Acts 8:12), the Ephesians (Acts 19:5), and the 3000 converts of Pentecost (Acts 2:41) were all baptized immediately following belief in Christ. An urgency to baptize new believers does not negate the fact that baptism is a profession of faith, it simply suggests that there may be more to it than