The Gospel of Mark emphasizes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus announced the Kingdom of God, healed the sick, and died as a ransom for sinners. In addition to Jesus, Mark features three main groups of people: the disciples, the crowds, and the religious leaders, none of whom understood Jesus. When the time came for Jesus to go to the cross, the religious leaders arrested him, the disciples abandoned him, and the crowds jeered him. Only when he died alone on the cross did a Roman centurion recognize that he was the Son of God. Though the book is anonymous, tradition identifies John Mark (Acts 12:12) as the author. He may have based his Gospel on Peter’s preaching, writing sometime in the 50s or 60s A.D. (The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mk). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)


Mk 1.1-8; Prophecy fulfilled; John the Baptist Prepares the Way (Mal 3.1; Isa 40.3)

Mk 1.9-11; Story; The Baptism of Jesus

Mk 1.12-13; Story; The Temptation of Jesus

Mk 1.14-15; Story; Jesus Begins His Ministry

Mk 1.16-20; Story; Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Mk 1.21-28; Authority-Healing; Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit

Mk 1.29-34; Authority-Healing; Jesus Heals Many

Mk 1.35-39; Story; Jesus Preaches in Galilee

Mk 1.40-45; Story; Jesus Cleanses a Leper

Mk 2.1-12; Authority-Forgiveness; Jesus Heals a Paralytic

Mk 2.13-17; Story; Jesus Calls Levi

Mk 2.18-22; Law Abrogation; A Question About Fasting

Mk 2.23-28; Law Abrogation; Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

Mk 3.1-6; Authority-Healing; A Man with a Withered Hand

Mk 3.7-12; Story; A Great Crowd Follows Jesus

Mk 3.13-21; Story; Appointment of the Twelve Apostles

Mk 3.22-30; Conflict; Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

Mk 3.31-35; Story; Jesus’ new family, those who obey the will of God

Mk 4.1-9; Parable-Judgment; The Parable of the Sower. One seed, four types of soils.

Mk 4.10-20; Parable-Explanation; The Purpose of the Parables (Isa 6.9-10)

Mk 4.21-25; Parable; A Lamp Under a Basket. The one who has will be given more and vice versa.

Mk 4.26-29; Parable; The Parable of the Seed Growing. Kingdom of God.

Mk 4.30-34; Parable; The Parable of the Mustard Seed. Kingdom of God.

Mk 4.35-41; Authority-Creation; Jesus Calms a Storm

Mk 5.1-20; Authority-Angels; Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

Mk 5.21-43; Authority-Healing; Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter

Mk 6.1-6; Story; Jesus Rejected at his hometown Nazareth

Mk 6.7-13; Story; Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

Mk 6.14-29; Story; The Death of John the Baptist at Herod’s birthday banquet

Mk 6.30-44; Authority-Creation; Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Mk 6.45-52; Authority-Creation; Jesus Walks on the Water

Mk 6.53-56; Authority-Healing; Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

Mk 7.1-13; Conflict; Traditions and Commandments

Mk 7.14-23; Law Abrogation, Purity Laws; What Defiles a Person

Mk 7.24-30; Authority-Angels; The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith. Her daughter healed of the demon

Mk 7.31-37; Authority-Healing; Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

Mk 8.1-10; Authority-Creation; Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

Mk 8.11-13; Conflict; The Pharisees Demand a Sign

Mk 8.14-21; Teaching; The Leaven of the Pharisees and Herod

Mk 8.22-26; Authority-Healing; Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida. Takes two goes.

Mk 8.27-30; Story; Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Mk 8.31-9.1; Prophecy-Instruction; Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection. The cost in following Jesus.

Mk 9.2-13; Story; The Transfiguration

Mk 9.14-29; Authority-Healing; Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit. ‘I believe, Help my unbelief!’

Mk 9.30-32; Prophecy; Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection

Mk 9.33-37; Teaching; Who Is the Greatest?

Mk 9.38-41; Instruction; Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us

Mk 9.42-50; Instruction-Warning; Temptations to Sin

Mk 10.1-12; Teaching; Teaching About Divorce and Adultery

Mk 10.13-16; Teaching; Let the Children Come to Me. Entering the Kingdom of God

Mk 10.17-31; Story-Instruction; The Rich Young Man. Leaving everything for the sake of Jesus and the gospel

Mk 10.32-34; Prophecy; Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time. Approaching Jerusalem

Mk 10.35-45; Story-Instruction; James and John want to sit at Jesus’ right and left hand. Jesus came to serve.

Mk 10.46-52; Authority-Healing; Jesus heals blind bartimaeus who called ‘Son of David have mercy on me!’

Mk 11.1-11; Prophecy fulfilled; Jesus enters Jerusalem praised as the coming King riding on a colt (Zec 9.9)

Mk 11.12-14; Story; Jesus curses the fig tree

Mk 11.15-19; Story-Conflict; Jesus cleanses the temple. The chief priests want to destroy him

Mk 11.20-25; Story-Instruction; The lesson from the withered fig tree

Mk 11.27-33; Conflict; The authority of Jesus challenged by the chief priests, scribes and elders

Mk 12.1-12; Parable-Prophecy fulfilled; The Parable of the Tenants (Ps 118.22-23)

Mk 12.13-17; Teaching; Paying Taxes to Caesar

Mk 12.18-27; Teaching; The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

Mk 12.28-34; Teaching; The Great Commandments. Love God, love your neighbour.

Mk 12.35-37; Prophecy fulfilled; Whose Son Is the Christ? ()

Mk 12.38-40; Teaching; Beware of the Scribes

Mk 12.41-44; Teaching; The Widow’s Offering. They gave a portion. She gave all she had.

Mk 13.1-2; Prophecy; Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

Mk 13.3-13; Prophecy; Signs of the Close of the Age

Mk 13.14-23; Prophecy; The Abomination of Desolation

Mk 13.24-27; Prophecy; The Coming of the Son of Man

Mk 13.28-31; Teaching; The Lesson of the Fig Tree

Mk 13.32-37; Prophecy-Instruction; No One Knows That Day or Hour

Mk 14.1-2; Conflict; The Plot to Kill Jesus

Mk 14.3-9; Story; Jesus Anointed at Bethany. The women’s act is to be told to remember her.

Mk 14.10-11; Story; Judas to Betray Jesus

Mk 14.12-21; Story; The Passover with the Disciples

Mk 14.22-25; Instruction; Institution of the Lord’s Supper

Mk 14.26-31; Prophecy; Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

Mk 14.32-42; Story; Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

Mk 14.43-50; Story; Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Mk 14.51-52; Story; A Young Man Flees

Mk 14.53-65; Story; Jesus Before the Council

Mk 14.66-72; Prophecy fulfilled; Peter Denies Jesus (Mk 14.26-31)

Mk 15.1-5; Story; Jesus Delivered to Pilate

Mk 15.6-15; Story; Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

Mk 15.16-20; Story; Jesus Is Mocked

Mk 15.21-32; Story; The Crucifixion

Mk 15.33-41; Story; The Death of Jesus

Mk 15.42-47; Story; Jesus Is Buried

Mk 16.1-8; Story; The Resurrection

[Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20]

Mk 16.9-11; Story; Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

Mk 16.12-13; Story; Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

Mk 16.14-20; Instruction; The Great Commission. Jesus taken up into heaven.