A Gospel for a persecuted community
Roman Emperor Nero was one of the great lunatics on the imperial throne.
Legend has it that he burned down Rome. And while he was watching the flames he sang the “sack of Troy”
When rotors about him torching the capital did not subside, he needed someone to take the fall for the fire. The early church in Rome came in handy.
The following persecutions claimed the lives of Peter, Paul and many martyrs.
Up to this point the stories about Jesus Christ were transmitted predominantly in oral form. We can’t be sure, but many scholars believe that the Gospel of Mark was written in Rome in the wake of those persecutions. It is a new form to relate the good news of Jesus Christ, the son of God to a community that had lost the apostles who could tell first hand account of Christ life, death and resurrection.
Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.
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