Who is Jesus?

This question about Jesus’ identity must constantly be asked by the Christian. For whoever claims to be Jesus, automatically says he is a follower of him, so he should always know more about him whom he says he is following. The evangelist São Marcos was also concerned with this issue, after all, his Gospel was the first to be written. He needed to talk to people about Jesus, and the main purpose of his Gospel is to present the identity of Jesus, that is, to answer the question: “Who is Jesus?”.

The Gospel according to Saint Mark is an objective text, moreover, it is the shortest of the four Gospels. It does not even show the childhood of Jesus. First, John the Baptist appears, and then Jesus is already an adult. And, right in the first verse, it presents the central theme of the Gospel, which is the identity of Jesus: “Principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, son of God” (Mk 1,1).

In this sentence, each word or expression reveals a little of what St. Mark wants to present. And, in the course of his Gospel, the reader who places himself as one of Jesus’ disciples will be led to know more deeply the identity of Jesus Christ, son of God.

It is about living the adventure that the disciples lived. That is why it is important to read and study, calmly, day after day, all the texts – from the first to the last chapter – of this Gospel. Experiencing moments of power with the disciples (as in the casting out of demons); moments of glory (as in healings and miracles); ecstatic moments (as in the transfiguration); moments of learning (as in the teachings about the law) – but
also, moments of threat (as in violations of the Sabbath); moments of fear (as in storms on the boat); moments of anguish (when Jesus was arrested); times of suffering (when Jesus was crucified).

 

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