The Gospel of Mark gives us a portrait of Jesus which is qualitatively different from the other three gospels. Often, Mark’s narrative moves at a break neck pace and is far more focused on Jesus’ actions rather than his teaching. Jesus is powerful and decisive yet at every turn he is misunderstood and rejected. He opens up the hiddenness of the kingdom to his disciples and even they continue to misunderstand him, allowing fear to outweigh faith. Yet, Mark declares to us that this very rejection God uses paradoxically to bring about this kingdom.