By Lisa Huddleston
I am devoting this day to wearing comfy clothes (yoga pants), drinking coffee, and studying for my last (hope so), fast-paced, J-term class–New Testament I. You got it. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts all in a month! I have to admit to having already learned much in the three classes I have attended as well as in the enormous amount of reading I have been doing. I do wish I could slow the train down in order to savor more, but we have a deadline to meet so … chug, chug, chug. I think I can. I think I can. I hope I can.
This morning, I read The Gospel According to Mark in one sitting–something I don’t think I’ve ever done before. As I read, I almost laughed at how closely Mark’s writing style matches the pace of my studies. “Immediately …” “Then …” “As soon as …” “Right away …” Whew! What was his rush?
Just this. People who knew Jesus were dying for their faith, and others were dying without knowing Him. Mark’s friend, Peter, may have already been martyred by the time of Mark’s writing, and persecution was increasing. Even if none of his fears came true immediately, Mark knew his days were numbered, and he had important information to share. Therefore, he wrote with wild abandon careening through the highlights of Jesus’ life and ministry in order to arrive breathless at the most important news a writer could pen–“This man really was God’s Son!” (Mark 15:39).
As soon as, immediately, right away, Mark did what he could to tell the good news. Not Mark’s gospel but THE gospel according to Mark. Others would write their accounts as well, but Mark (perhaps the first of the evangelists) led the way with an urgency I would do well to follow. And I wanted to slow down for a minute to acknowledge that fact before necessity pushes me past the thought and onto the next thing.
Right now, immediately, and forever–Jesus is Lord! Thanks for sharing, Mark, and reminding me to do the same.