The book of Mark is one of the four Gospels in the New Testament that tells the story of Jesus Christ. Throughout this Gospel, we see Jesus calling his disciples and teaching them about the Kingdom of God. In this article, we will be exploring the characteristics of Jesus’ disciples as portrayed in the book of Mark.
The Call of Discipleship
In Mark 1:16-20, we see Jesus calling his first disciples: Simon, Andrew, James, and John. These men were all fishermen by trade, and they immediately left their nets and followed Jesus. This act of leaving everything behind to follow Jesus is a characteristic that all his disciples share.
1. Willingness to Follow
Jesus’ disciples were willing to leave their old lives behind to follow him.
They understood that following Jesus would require sacrifice and a complete change in lifestyle. In Mark 8:34-35, Jesus tells his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Another characteristic of Jesus’ disciples is humility.
In Mark 9:33-35, we see the disciples arguing about who is the greatest among them. However, Jesus tells them that “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” This shows that being a disciple of Jesus requires humility and a willingness to serve others.
Throughout the book of Mark, we see examples of Jesus’ disciples demonstrating faith in him.
In Mark 4:35-41, when a storm arises on their boat journey with Jesus sleeping on board , they fear for their lives but then wake him up. Jesus calms the storm, and the disciples are amazed and ask, “Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey him?” This shows their faith in Jesus’ power.
Jesus’ disciples were obedient to his teachings and commands.
In Mark 10:35-45, James and John ask Jesus if they can sit at his right and left hand when he comes into his glory, but Jesus tells them that “whoever would be great among you must be your servant.” This shows that being a disciple of Jesus requires obedience to his teachings.
Finally, we see that Jesus’ disciples persevered through difficult times.
In Mark 14:32-42, we see the disciples struggling to stay awake with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest. Despite their physical weakness, they remained with him through this challenging time.
In conclusion, the book of Mark portrays Jesus’ disciples as individuals who were willing to leave everything behind to follow him. They demonstrated humility, faith in him, obedience to his teachings and commands , and perseverance through difficult times.
These characteristics are still relevant for us today as we strive to follow Jesus in our own lives. May we too demonstrate these qualities as we seek to live out our faith in a world that so desperately needs it.