The Gospel of Mark was written to the Roman Church during the middle of the first century (CE). The tradition is that Peter preached to the church and Mark (the one who abandoned Paul and Barnabas in Acts 13) recorded the message and shared the story in a format similar to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.
The Jesus of Mark conquered his world with lightning speed, confrontation, and spiritual power.
During a time when Caesar was Lord (possibly Nero’s time) and viewed as Savior and Lord of the earth, the church struggled to hold their faith. Racism, inner tension, discrimination, and falling away were issues they addressed as a community.
The Gospel of Mark was Peter’s story to this church. The Jesus of Mark conquered his world with lightning speed, confrontation, and spiritual power. Jesus, as a soldier, took his world by storm and defeated evil quickly. However, his story involved sending and delegating power to his followers both past and present. The church of Rome, similar to the church in America, had to confront their culture and cultural views of people in order to become the Empire of Jesus. Mark’s Gospel clearly taught that Jesus, as Lord, reigns.