King James Bible - New Testament The Gospel according to Mark
God said he would send a messenger. John the Baptist performed baptisms in the wilderness but prophesied that there would come one who was greater than he. When he baptized Jesus, God spoke aloud that this was his son. When John was put in jail, Jesus continued to preach for repentance. He called Simon and Andrew, fishermen, to be his disciples. He said "Come ye after me and I will make you to become fishers of men" Mark, 1:17.
Jesus healed Simon's mother and cleansed a leper in Galilee. He told the leper to reveal these deeds to a priest. Many gathered to hear Jesus preach. The Pharisees asked why he ate with sinners and he told them that the healthy do not need a physician. He called to men and told them that the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. He sent the people away and went to the sea. A tempest came over them and he calmed it.
He met a man with an unclean spirit. The man worshiped him and Jesus cleansed him. Many spread the word of Jesus. A woman believed with all her heart that if she touched Jesus' robe she would be healed. Her belief was true. Jesus healed the leader of the Synagogue.
Jesus taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath. He preached for repentance. Herod heard of his teachings and was sure that John, whom he had beheaded, was back from the dead. Jesus went into the desert and was followed by many. When they had no food he took five loaves and two fish to feed them all. He walked upon the sea and they were all amazed.
The Pharisees and scribes asked why Jesus and the disciples ate with unclean hands. Jesus said that sins defile a man, not unclean fingers. He explained that food leaves the body but sins do not. A Greek woman came to him asking for her daughter's health. Jesus said that miracles were for the children of Israel not for the gentiles. She asked for the crumbs from the children's table. This humility pleased Jesus. He healed another man with a speech impediment.
The great multitude following him had nothing to eat so Jesus broke loaves and fed five thousand men. Jesus asked his disciples to tell him who men think he is. They said John the Baptist, Elias or a prophet. Peter told him that he is the Christ. Jesus told him to be quiet about this. Then he said:
"Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark, 8:34-6
After six days, they went to a high mountain and Jesus appeared talking to Moses and Elias. God spoke out and said that Jesus was his son. Many people returned and a man asked Jesus to heal his epileptic son. Jesus made the man rise and then left. He told his disciples that in heaven the first shall be last. If the right hand offends the soul, you should cut it off.
Jesus went to Judea and the Pharisees asked him if divorce ought to be legal. Jesus said only in the case of fornication. The disciples stopped children from coming to him but Jesus said they should not. He told them that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get in to heaven. He prophesied that he would be betrayed and killed. James and John asked to be on his right hand in heaven. Jesus told them not to ask such things because they will be given to those who deserve it.
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus sat upon a donkey and entered the city hailed as the king. In the Temple, he overthrew the tables of the money changers. Jesus told the disciples to have faith in God. The priests asked him where he got his authority and he told them it was from God. Jesus spoke in parables. A vineyard keeper beat the servants of his master. He killed the master's only son. The vineyard keeper represents the priest of Israel. The slave represented the people. They asked Jesus if they should pay taxes to Caesar and Jesus responded that they should give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what belongs to God. He told them that the greatest commandments were to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus pointed to a widow who cast less than a farthing into the Synagogue's treasury and said that she gave more of what she had than a rich man. He told the disciples that all the buildings of Jerusalem would fall with all the nations. Only the Son of man would be able to save people. He warned them to be vigilant because God could come at any moment.
At the Passover feast a woman anointed Jesus and some of the disciples grumbled at the waste of ointment. Judas betrayed Jesus to the chief priests. Jesus called the disciples to a meal and broke bread for his body and gave wine for his blood. On the Mount of Olives he said that Peter would deny him three times before dawn. As the disciples fell asleep, Jesus prayed. Judas came with armed men. Jesus went with them and Peter followed. Men accused Jesus of saying that he could raze the temple. He did not defend himself. Some spat on him and struck him. Peter denied to the crowd that he knew Jesus three times.
In the morning, the priests took Jesus to Pilate. Pilate asked him if he was the king of the Jews. The people asked for him to be crucified. They dressed him as a king and mocked him. Over his cross hung a placard that said 'King of the Jews'. They mocked him, saying that the Son of God could not descend a simple cross. A man gave him a sponge of vinegar to drink. Jesus let out a moan and died. Mary Magdalene was there. Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man, secured Jesus' body.
After the following Sabbath, Mary and James' mother went to his tomb and found that he was gone. Only an angel remained. He said: " Be not affrighted: ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him." Mark, 16:6
The disciples were to go and preach these events to the world. Jesus appeared to two of them and told them to go into the world. They went and preached everywhere.