2021_04_28 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Mark 1-2
This week we begin reading another biography of Jesus, written by John Mark. He is mentioned several times in the New Testament, and usually simply referred to as Mark. What is unexpected is that his story seems to end with a massive flame out. In the book of Acts, we find out that Mark is a relative of Barnabas who was a close friend and ministry partner to Paul. It was a great honor that Mark was invited to be on the team, but the honor was short-lived because Mark quit and left as soon as things got difficult. This later leads to a split between Paul and Barnabas when Paul refuses to let Mark re-join the team (see Acts 15:36-41).
After this, we don’t hear any more about Mark for 12 years until Paul mentions him in a letter (Colossians 4:10) saying that Mark was a supportive partner to him (2 Timothy 4:11). While we don’t know the specifics, we do know that there was a real reconciliation between them, and that is super hopeful. Later on, this “wash-out” is used by God to write the earliest biography of Jesus, relying much on Peter for details as an eyewitness to the life, character and work of our Savior. This is a reminder that God doesn’t give up on us and offers grace and forgiveness for all who will humbly admit they are a valued partner on God’s team. The same opportunity, by the same God is available to us too - “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. 20 Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord...” Acts 3:19–20 (NLT)