The beginning of every story; in this case, Mark and John, is crucial in understanding the nature of Jesus according to the author. Mark chooses to open his book by having John the Baptist prepare the way for Jesus as he states “After me will come one more powerful than I…I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:7-8). These are the last words before Jesus is introduced in the story as an adult who gets baptized by John the Baptist. As an author, Mark makes a decision not to narrate any of Jesus’ birth stories or his history prior to being baptized as Murphy also notes in his book An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels (Murphy 90). Not only does Mark leave out any stori...
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...t major point in his plot is missing in John, alluding to the view that Jesus had always been the son of God since the beginning of time(John 1:1). In a sense, one could argue then that John does infact include Jesus’ birth story or his history when he writes about the Word and the beginning.
Before concluding, another point can be made to clarify where Mark’s christology differs from John’s. In the introduction to his gospel, after Jesus is baptised Mark brings up again the idea of the Holy Spirit.
Examining only the introductions of these gospels does not fully give the account of who Jesus was and he did on his time on Earth. What this does, however, is summarize the most important point which is understanding God’s relationship to Jesus and how that affected his identity. Going further into the gospels would further prove the claims made in the introductions.
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