Written in the mid-to-late 50s A.D., Mark faithfully recorded the apostle Peter’s reports of Jesus’ words and deeds. This makes the Gospel of Mark “the record of the apostolic testimony of Peter.” I especially like the way the ESV Study Bible describes Mark’s “mosaic”:
Even though the overall format of Mark’s Gospel is narrative, it does not possess a continuous story line but is a collection of discrete units. There are crowd scenes, small-group scenes, public scenes, and private scenes. The resulting book is a collage or mosaic of the life of Jesus. The best way to negotiate this format is to regard oneself as Mark’s traveling companion as he assembles his documentary on the life of Christ. The main unifying element in the mosaic is the protagonist, Christ himself.
Over the next however many months, as we study the Gospel of Mark, my prayer is that we would see Jesus. Because He’s there. He’s there standing forth as our authoritative Lord, suffering Savior, and returning King. He’s the One who heals the sick, calms the storms, and opens the eyes of the blind. We see him confounding the wise, foretelling the future, and telling stories that leave people changed for eternity. He’s the preeminent One for whom the world was not worthy. And He’s here calling us to come, follow Him.