Mark John, Person I Like to Resemble-2
Rev. Bryan Kim
When Paul was put in jail in Rome for the first time, Mark was arrested with him. When he was in jail for the second time, he was preaching the gospel in Ephesus together with Timothy while going through Asia Minor. (Ref: 2Tim 4:11) Perhaps this proves Mark was closest to Paul to the end as a coworker for the spread of gospel. This was possible because Mark overcame his discomfort with Paul. Paul taking leadership from his uncle Barnabas could have upset him, or their personalities may have clashed, but he overcame and stayed with Paul. Mark, whom Paul asked for at the end, became Peter’s disciple and together spread the gospel to Babylon. According to legends of Early Church Fathers, Mark accompanied Peter as a secretary and a translator, interpreting Peter’s sermons from Aramaic to Greek and Latin. Translation requires highly educated skill. Correct interpretation can only come from someone who is skilled and understands the language and culture. Mark was probably familiar with the dual culture and knew many languages. As he lived in diaspora he probably learned Greek and Aramaic, and being educated in Jerusalem, he probably became fluent. In a way, Mark John was probably a closest person having learned from Apostle Paul and Peter while traveling with them. Later on, Peter calls Mark “My son” making it known how useful Mark was in the work of the gospel. (Ref: 1Peter 5:13) Growing up under Barnabas, Mark knew good influences. He sacrificially served Paul to the end restoring their broken relationship. He accompanied Peter and was practical benefit to the spread of gospel. This talented Mark John wrote the Book of Mark, which became the textbook for all gospel books. He was like a fertilizer in sowing the seed of gospel like an atomic bomb. Mark’s mother’s upper room where 120 believers gathered to pray and Holy Spirit came is called ‘Mark’s upper room’, not Mark’s mother’s upper room. Alexandria, Egypt, where Mark was martyred, celebrates April 25th as Mark Day. He is the founding father of Alexandria Church. In the hands of Roman oppression, he was burned to death and became a seed to be sown like Jesus. I don’t believe it was a coincidence that it was in the Mark’s upper room when Jesus taught the Passover Lamb through Last Supper and that He would become the Passover Lamb and said ‘Do this in Remembrance of Me’. Every time we are reminded of Jesus’ Cross, we long for a person like Mark John who will go beyond his limitations by the power of gospel to open new horizon of evangelism.