Even though the Gospel of Mark is anonymous, early tradition is unanimous that the author of this Gospel was John Mark, a close associate of Peter. Written in 65-70 A.D.
God has identified with us in our humanity through the humility and servanthood of the incarnation. Christ experienced the conditions of human limitations including his encounters with the temptations we face .
And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
Jesus offers the glorious gift of the forgiveness of sins so that we can be cleansed and lifted up into a relationship with him.
And again he entered into Capernaum after some days and it was noised that he was in the house And straightway many were gathered together insomuch that there was no room to receive them no not so much as about the door and he preached the word unto them And they come unto him bringing one sick of the palsy which was borne of four And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press they uncovered the roof where he was and when they had broken it up they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay When Jesus saw their faith he said unto the sick of the palsy Son thy sins be forgiven thee But there was certain of the scribes sitting there and reasoning in their hearts Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies who can forgive sins but God only And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves he said unto them Why reason ye these things in your hearts Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy Thy sins be forgiven thee or to say Arise and take up thy bed and walk But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins he saith to the sick of the palsy I say unto thee Arise and take up thy bed and go thy way into thine house And immediately he arose took up the bed and went forth before them all insomuch that they were all amazed and glorified God saying We never saw it on this fashion.
As we ask, according to the will of God, we will receive it.
Therefore I say unto you What things soever ye desire when ye pray believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them.
Forgiveness and Prayer
And when ye stand praying forgive if ye have ought against any that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
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