How does the Gospel of Mark in the Bible portray Jesus as Messiah and show him to be a figure with authority?

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Some critics argue that the very structure of Mark itself as a written Gospel is used to highlight Jesus's identity as Messiah and also indicate his authority. They see the book as divided between two halves, chapters 1-8 and then chapters 9 until the end. The first half concerns questions of Jesus's identity, culminating in the declaration of Peter that he is the Messiah:

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