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Explain why Jesus' example of self-sacrifice and his suffering, death and resurrection as presented in Mark's Gospel are important for Christians

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Explain why Jesus' example of self-sacrifice and his suffering, death and resurrection as presented in Mark's Gospel are important for Christians Without the passion, the Christian faith would be nothing. It is the most poignant and influential part of the gospel record and provides a foundation for the entire Christian faith and the belief that Jeus Christ was undoubtedly the Son of God. There are a few main reasons for this; for example if Jesus had not been resurrected from the tomb on Easter Sunday, then it would prove all the Old Testament propecies about the Messiah to be wrong and subsequently proving that Jesus was not the Son of God. Thus the new covenant between the people and God that is made as a result of the passion would also be a complete phalacy. Therefore it is of the upmost importance for Christians as their whole religion is based upon the events throughout the duration of Holy Week or The Passion. Mark recognises this and devotes approximately one third of his gosepl to recording the goings on throughout the week. To begin with, I shall look at the rather unique way in which Mark presents his gospel, then I will closely analyze the significance of Jesus' self sacrifice, his suffering and his resurrection. ...read more.

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When Jesus is put on the cross a notice is nailed above his head saying ' King of the Jews'. This is seemingly of ironic impotance to Mark as, although the Jews and Romans have rejected the Messiah and they mock him, the crucified 'criminal' truly is the King of Israel. But it is all as the Old Testament prophecies had predicted and therefore it was all God's will. Another thing Mark recognises about the crucifixion is that when the chief Jewish priests and teachers jeer at Jesus saying that if he truly was the Messiah, he would come down from the cross, they have completely missed the point. It is because Jesus DOES stay on the cross that he is the Messiah. He has to suffer and die to serve his purpose. When Jesus dies and the sky is plunged into darkness and he cries out 'My God My God why did you abandon me' or 'Eloi Eloi, lema sebachthani' in Aramaic, the Temple curtain splits down the middle. Mark beleives that the barrier between God and humanity has been removed; i.e. the new covenant has been sealed. The temple curtain also symbolically 'frees God' so that now everyone can have access to God, not just the Jews like before and that the way to heaven and to God is through the death and resurrection of Jesus. ...read more.

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He also rose three days later and displayed a great victory of good over evil. However, the crucifix, a cross with Jesus actually on it, is more of tender subject when discussing whether it is suitable as piece of jewellery. This is because, although it may still be a symbol of the celebration of Jesus' death, many people have depicted Jesus wrongly which completely destroys and undermines the intended meaning of the crucifix. For instance, when the church defeated Rome, many sculptors depicted the cross in the crucifix as a sarcophagus; a victorious cross with wreath. And in a painting from the Basilica of St's Cosmas and Damian, Jesus is portrayed as a Byzantine king, crowned and alive. Both of these depictions are wrong and not how Mark would have wished. The whole point of a drawing or jewellery of Jesus on the crucifix is a celebration of his suffering because of what it means to Christians. Therefore, he must be depicted as suffering. Depicting him as a king is taking away the whole point of wearing the jewellery. So, yes, it is acceptable to have a cross or crucifix as a piece of jewellery as long as the correct meaning of it is kept and remembered. Jake Soall 11W Page 1 4/23/2007 - 1 - ...read more.

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