Essay on The Portrayal of Jesus in the Gospels of Mark and John

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In the gospels of Mark and John, both showed a vivid portrait of Jesus in their writing. Mark’s gospel describes much more of Jesus' life, miracles, and parables as suffering servant. However, John’s gospel was written to convince people to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Nonetheless, both John and Mark present many of the crucial events of Jesus' life, including his trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.
At the very beginning of the gospels the authors make their representation of Jesus known to the reader, but they rely upon different methods. Mark focuses on Jesus’ role as a servant is apparent as he quotes the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my messenger, whom I send on ahead of you!” (Mark 1:2) This is a rather simple
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In contrast to portraying Jesus as serving like a man, John stresses his divinity, that he is actually God in person. John even blatantly states his belief of Jesus in his conclusion: “These are written down so you will come to believe that Jesus is Anointed, God’s son—and by believing this have life in his name” (John 20:31). Clearly, John’s motivation for writing the gospel is his belief that all people, not just an elect or chosen few, can join in knowing Jesus as the savior of mankind.
The divinity of Jesus is thus established from the beginning in both gospels, but the treatment of Jesus as a person differs widely. A significant aspect of Jesus’ portraits has to do with the titles used to describe him and point to his humanness or divinity. The diction used in Mark is less suggestive of Jesus’ divine nature than in John. The most common title for Jesus in Mark’s gospel is “Teacher” or “Master,” plain human terms that emphasize the idea of serving others. Jesus is portrayed as the servant of God, but he is nonetheless the leader of the people on earth by virtue of his status as a prophet. Jesus being identified as “Teacher” is also important because Mark’s audience, the Gentiles, was relatively new to the faith, and Mark wanted to stress that Jesus was a model for them to serve God before serving themselves during the persecutions. In contrast, John heavily accents his descriptions of Jesus as the true God. John uses the word “That’s me,” the term

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