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In this paper, we will look at Mark’s account of this powerful story to see his purpose, style, and context. We will then begin to look at the theological applications of this text to reveal the true heart of Christ toward the people of biblical times and today. Historical Context Occasion and Purpose The primary purpose of Mark was to encourage the Roman believers to not lose heart even through persecutions. According to Donald Stamps, the book of Mark was written to strengthen the foundations of faith in Roman believers and, if need be, to inspire them to suffer faithfully for the gospel, placing before them the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus their Lord. Because of the Roman Empire’s dominance and harsh treatment of the Believers during the time that the book of Mark was written, they needed the assurance and encouragement to endure suffering and to persevere.