Mark and the Son of God

August 15th, 2008

It is interesting on how you see things differently when you read through a whole book of the Bible in one sitting. You see how things tie together as a whole.

This morning I read through the whole book of Mark from the New Testament. It was interesting how Mark really stresses Jesus as the Son of God. He does this in a number of places – Mark 1:1, Mark 1:11, Mark 3:11, Mark 5:7, Mark 9:7 and finally Mark 15:39.

The thing that really jumped out at me in those references is that none of the disciples recognised Jesus as the Son of God. They had come to see Him as the Christ or the Messiah, not the Son of God.

The only ones who used this title for Jesus was God the Father in a voice from heaven (1:11, 9:7) and the demons as they were being caste out (3:11, 5:7). The first person to actually state that Jesus was the Son of God was the Roman Centurion in Mark 15:39. This was after Jesus had died on the cross.

I just found it interesting that those closest to Jesus did not recognise Jesus as the Son of God until much later.