Mark was a close associate of Apostle Peter. The eyewitness account of Peter about the life of Jesus compelled Mark to write the life story of Jesus for the benefit of future generation. Tradition says that Peter’s sermons helped Mark to formulate his gospel. Mark’s full name was John Mark (Acts 12:12). His mother, Mary had servants in her house which indicates that he was not poor. Mark joined his cousin Barnabas and Paul on their first missionary journey (Acts 13:5). Halfway through the journey it became difficult and he returned home. When Paul and Barnabas planned their second missionary journey, there was an intense disagreement about taking Mark with them. So the two leaders parted company (Acts 15:39). Years later, Paul commended Mark’s effort in the ministry (2 Tim 4:11). Scholars suggest that Mark probably wrote his gospel not earlier than A.D 65 from Rome. He presents Jesus as the Lord’s Servant (Mark 10:45). He wrote his gospel to encourage Christians to remain faithful as they were facing persecution from Roman government. There is an emphasis on activities than teaching in this gospel. The word “immediately” appears frequently in this gospel. This gospel reflects the action oriented account of Jesus’ ministry. Mark records the account of Jesus’ ministry around Galilee. He points out that Jesus' relatives rejected him and considered him out of his mind (Mark 3:21). This gospel gives the graphic details of the mockery and suffering Jesus endured on the cross. There is a strong emphasis upon Christ’s miracles to point out that Jesus is the Son of God.