The Person of Christ as Revealed in the Gospels of Mark and Luke


In the Gospel of Mark the general theme is Christ the Prophet of God and the Servant of man’s need. In both capacities, He exhibits the tireless energy of One whose work was ever before Him. But no matter how lowly the service or ceaseless the activity, there are the shinings forth of the glories of His person. “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” tells us who He was, whom even the demons recognized. In the prophetic discourse given at the close of His life, He tells of the time when He shall “send His angels and gather together His elect.” (13:27) Surely none but a divine person could give His commands and be obeyed by those beings who “do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.” (Psalm 103:20)


In the Gospel of Luke we are in a different atmosphere. He depicts the Son of Man, our Lord, in the perfection, lowliness and nearness to man to which He came, taking upon Himself flesh and blood. All is most beautiful; perfectly human, divinely gracious, but entirely without the slightest taint of that sin which makes such a tragedy of human life. His birth is announced to the virgin, and He is called “that Holy Thing.” (1:35) Most beautifully the spirit of praise is everywhere present. The offering of incense by Zechariah is symbolic of the worship that centers around this lowly Babe. Elizabeth praises; Mary magnifies the Lord; Zechariah’s dumb lips are unsealed to celebrate the covenant promises of God, so soon to be fulfilled; heaven is opened and the angels cry, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace” (2:14); the shepherds praise and glorify God at the sight of the Babe in the manger; Simeon, as he clasps the Holy Child in his arms, says, “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy Word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation” (2:29,30); Anna, the prophetess, joins in this chorus of praise. Surely all this witness has an unmistakable voice for us; it shows that He who is Man, is also the object of the praises of those in heaven and upon earth. No other babe ever called forth such praise or filled with such joy the hearts of everyone who took Him into their arms of faith.

Passing from His infancy, we find this holy Child growing up in a perfectly natural way, and yet exhibiting the consciousness of a relationship with His Father which none but the Son of God ever had by nature.  “Wist ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?” (2:49)  These are the words of Him who, in the Psalms, said to God, “Thou didst make Me hope when I was upon My mother’s breasts.” (22:9) As the Child grew in wisdom and stature, developing into perfect manhood, we find this trust and consciousness of relationship to His Father marking all His ways. And so as we trace Him throughout the entire Gospel of the Manhood, we see the human and divine perfectly blended together in His perfect person. Nowhere do we see more tender sympathy; the contact of grace and compassion going out in love to the sinful and the lost; but through it all we see Him to whom it can be truly said, “Glory to God in the highest.”