We continue in our study of the gospel of Mark and go back to chapter 5 and the opening twenty verses which we took a look at last week and we'll complete this morning.
The purpose for which Mark writes is laid out in verse 1 of chapter 1, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." This is a history of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, as is the gospel of Matthew, the gospel of Luke and the gospel of John. There are four Holy Spirit inspired, divinely authored records of His life and ministry. And even those four with all that they contain can't begin to tell the whole story. In fact, John reminds us that all the books in the world couldn't contain the record of everything that our Lord did.
But the purpose of the writing of these gospels is stated for us by John at the end of his gospel. He sums up not only the reason for his own gospel, but for all the others, when he says, "These have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you might have life in His name." The purpose of the writers is that you might believe that Jesus is the Son of God and in so believing have eternal life through His name. That is the reason we give such careful attention to these gospels, and it's a tremendous joy for us again to be going through the record of Mark....