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servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in   Songs in Isaiah will reveal wonderful truth
        whom my soul delighteth; I have put my   concerning the position He will occupy in
        spirit upon him” (Isa 42:1). God directs   the future, the people He will bless, the
        our gaze to one Servant in whom He finds   pleasure He will afford to God, and the
        infinite delight.                     power He will exert in His restoration of
                                              Israel and rule over the nations. Mark’s
        The Servant’s Identity (1:1-13)       record is true, and it should warm our
          Mark likewise commences his Gospel   hearts, thrill our souls and change our
        by identifying the Servant who is truly   lives. However, it is just the beginning of
        delightful to God. In fact, he gathers   the good news.
        together  a  number  of  testimonies  to   The Queen of Sheba said about Solomon:
        this Servant. His own testimony (v1) is   “It  was  a  true  report  that  I  heard.”  It
        followed by that of the Old Testament   was true, but not the whole truth. She
        prophets (vv2-3), John the Baptist (vv4-8),   continued: “The half was not told me:
        and God Himself (vv9-13).             thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the
        The Testimony of Mark (1:1)           fame which I heard” (1Ki 10:6-7). As we
                                              view the Lord Jesus who “made himself
          Mark’s own perspective on the Lord   of no reputation, and took upon him the
        is confirmed by the title he chose for his   form of a servant” and became obedient to
        book: “The beginning of the gospel of   the point of death, “even the death of the
        Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (v1).   cross,” we should never forget that there
          Each of the four Gospels has a particular   are anticipated glories Mark says little
        emphasis.  Matthew presents the  Lord   about. Paul tells us that to this Servant
        Jesus as the King, Mark as the Servant,   “every knee should bow” throughout all
        Luke as the Man, and John as the Son of   of creation, and “every tongue should
        God. However, no Gospel writer loses   confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
        sight  of  the  truth  communicated  by   glory of God the Father” (Php 2:5-11).
        the other Gospel writers. Mark, while   So Mark intends the readers of his
        presenting to us a Servant, ensures that   Gospel  to  begin their  journey  with  a
        we are left in no doubt that this Servant   rich, full-orbed view of his subject. The
        is  “Jesus”  the  true  Man,  “Christ”  the   Servant he presents is also the King; He is
        glorious King, and the divine “Son of   both man and God. Not only so, but the
        God.”                                 brief record of His service in this world,
          But why did Mark include in his title   precious and delightful as it is, is the
        the  word  “beginning”?  Does  he  not   introduction to untold honours that await
        incorporate into his book all the good   Him in the future.
        news concerning this Servant? Mark,     As true believers approaching the
        who wrote his Gospel before all others,   subject of the Lord Jesus we must also
        intentionally leaves open an invitation to   maintain this full-orbed view. Examining
        investigate further. There is more to be   His past suffering, let us not forget His
        discovered about this Servant than Mark   future glory. Considering His selfless
        records.                              service of sacrifice for us, let us not forget
          Mark says little about the future glory   that He is worthy of our sacrificial worship
        awaiting this Servant. Reading the Servant   and undying adoration in return.

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