According to the Gospel of Mark, what were Mark's beliefs about Jesus's life, death, and resurrection?

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In short, Mark's gospel is a testament that Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be—the Son of God and the hope of eternal salvation.

Unlike other gospels, Mark picks up not with the birth of Christ but at a time in His life when he was fully finding His footing as a miracle worker. The book begins with John the Baptist proclaiming that there was a man coming who was to be "more powerful than I" and who had the power to "baptize ... with the Holy Spirit."

"At that time" (Mark 1:9), Jesus appeared and was baptized by John the Baptist, and then we see Him setting out in His ministry of love and faith. His life stands as a testament to helping others. In Mark, we see Jesus reaching out to people whom society shuns, including those with "impure spirits," those with various communicable diseases, and those with leprosy—who were not even allowed within a city's walls at the time and were forced to beg for food in order to survive. Jesus helped those whom no one else was interested in helping and through example encouraged others to love these same types of people. In every way, His life exemplified love.

Mark believes that Jesus knew the terms of His own death, sharing with his disciples at one final meal together in chapter 14 that one of them would betray Him. He also went to Gethsemane and prayed that the Father would "take this cup from" him. He knew the torture involved in the upcoming sacrifice but submitted to His Father's will, noting, "Yet not what I will, but what you will" (Mark 14:36).

Mark also provides evidence that Jesus proved Himself as the true Son of God, just as he proclaimed, through the evidence of the empty tomb in the final chapter. When Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went there to anoint his body, an angel tells the group that they cannot find Jesus in a tomb because "He is going ahead ... into Galilee ... just as he told you" (Mark 16:7).

The Gospel of Mark is a testimony to the truth of life of Jesus as witnessed through his life, death, and resurrection.

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