June 30, 2024 Service

Mark began his Gospel by introducing Jesus as the Son of God (1:1). Yet (apart from the devils!), Mark had only a Roman centurion, a Gentile, not the authorities of Israel, confess Jesus as such. At the foot of the cross of  Jesus, this Gentile confessed: “Truly this man was the Son of God!” And this he said after our Lord had drawn His last breath and hung dead on the cross (15:39). Mark’s Christology rejects the normal or popular notion by which human beings usually portray God: as powerful, almighty, but a distant figure. As Luther reminds us, the more human Jesus is, the more God He is. Jesus saved us not with His almighty power but with His humility and weakness on the cross.

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