Mark Part X - The Compassionate King (1:40-45)
The theme of the entire first portion of the Gospel of Mark revolves around the question, "Who is this man Jesus?" The passage today gives us a strong clue to his identity; for, in the history of God’s people, only two people have been capable of healing leprosy – Moses and Elisha, two of the greatest prophets in the history of the OT. So who is Jesus? A prophet? Yes, and more than a prophet. He is the Son of God, the Anointed of God, the Lord God Himself in human flesh. But in this passage he continues to give his disciples clues so they can figure all this out.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.