Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Beginning of the Gospel]

The beloved Anglican minister, J.C. Ryle, counseled his readers, "The gospels were written to make men familiar with Jesus himself, to see the King's own face, and to behold His beauty." On Sunday C.J. introduced our church's first gospel series in Mark. Let's pray that in this season we will see and behold the beauty of our Savior and King.

And sermon quotes, like the following, will be provided not only stir your memory but inspire your own study of the Gospel according to Mark.


"It would be well if professing Christians in modern days studied the four Gospels more than they do. No doubt all Scripture is profitable. It is not wise to exalt one part of the Bible at the expense of another. But I think it would be good for some, who are very familiar with the Epistles, if they knew a little more about Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Now why do I say this? I say it because I want professing Christians to know more about Christ. It is well to be acquainted with all the doctrines and principles of Christianity. It is better to be acquainted with Christ himself. It is well to be familiar with faith and grace and justification and sanctification. They are all matters 'pertaining to the King.' But it is far better to be familiar with Jesus Himself, to see the King's own face, and to behold His beauty.

Now the Gospels were written to make us acquainted with Christ. The Holy Ghost has told us the story of His life and death, his sayings and His doings, four times over. Four different inspired hands have drawn the picture of the Savior. His ways, His manners, His feelings, His wisdom, His grace, His patience, His love, His power are graciously unfolded to us by four different witnesses. Ought not the sheep to be familiar with the Shepherd? Ought not the patient to be familiar with the Physician? Ought not the bride to be familiar with the Bridegroom? Ought not the sinner to be familiar with the Savior? Beyond doubt it ought be so. The Gospels were written to make men familiar with Christ, and therefore I wish men to study the Gospels.

Surely we cannot know this Christ too well! Surely there is not a work, nor a deed, nor a day, nor a step, nor a thought in the record of His life, which ought not to be precious to us. We should labor to be familiar with every line that is written about Jesus." - J.C. Ryle

"Son of God is Mark's blue chip title for Jesus, the chief artery of the Gospel." - James Edwards

"In the ultimate sense 'Son of God' is a mysterious term which Jesus alone can clarify...and it is this revelation which dominates Mark's gospel." - William Lane

"Mark is here providing us with the basis for his whole gospel. Jesus is uniquely the Son of God. We need to know that from the outset. Most who met him during his lifetime did not recognize Jesus for who he was, but Mark wishes his readers to be clear about what the church now perceived and proclaimed about him. This contrast is in many ways the clue to the meaning of Mark's gospel." - Donald English

"The surprise and key to understanding the Son of God is his suffering." - James Edwards

"Mark's gospel has been described as a passion narrative with an extended introduction." - William Lane