The gospel of Mark challenges the reader to believe in the mystery of God - that even through difficult times, God reigns. Mark's narrative is the story of God's son, Jesus the Messiah, who confidently faces suffering and sacrifice. His miracles and teachings verify that God's kingdom exists and is available in everyday life. The story of the life and ministry of Jesus is an urgent invitation to join the journey of faith. In rapid pace, Mark's Gospel carries the reader from the desert wilderness to Jerusalem, and from the crisis of the cross to the victory of the empty tomb.