The Gospel of Jesus Christ in Mark

There is even internal evidence that Mark intended to end his Gospel abruptly without an appearance of the risen Lord. For example, in Matthew and Luke the Jewish leaders demand a sign and Jesus says, “You will receive no sign, except for the sign of Jonah,” hinting at how Jesus will be swallowed up by Death and then come out again alive. However, in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus simply says, “You will not receive a sign PERIOD!” That is a good indication from the text itself that we won’t get the “sign of Jonah” from Mark. Then, the man in the tomb says that Jesus is risen, just as he told you. Mark doesn’t want us to believe on account of sight, but he wants us to believe the words of Jesus. He asks us, “Do you believe what Jesus said or do you demand a sign?”   Alexander Lange


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