I love how this lady and her house were used possibly
Assuming, then, that “John whose surname was Mark” was the writer of this Gospel, we have the following particulars respecting him:
- He was the son of a certain Mary who dwelt in Jerusalem.
- She appears to have been well known, and to have been in a good position.
- Her house was open to the friends and disciples of our Lord.
- It is possible that hers may have been the house where our Lord “kept the Passover” with his disciples on the night of his betrayal; perhaps the house where the disciples were gathered together on the evening of the Resurrection; perhaps the house where they received the miraculous gifts on the day of Pentecost.
- It was certainly the house to which Peter betook himself when he was delivered out of prison; certainly the first great centre of Christian worship in Jerusalem after our Lord’s ascension, and the site of the first Christian church in that city.
- It is probable that it was to the sacred intercourse of that home that John Mark owed his conversion, which may very probably have been delayed in consequence of his having been by birth of the family of the Jewish priesthood.
- It is more than probable that St. Mark, in ch. 14:51, 52, may have been relating what happened to himself.
- All the details fit in with this supposition.
- The action corresponds with what we know of his character, which appears to have been warm-hearted and earnest, but timid and impulsive.
- Moreover, the linen cloth, or sindon, cast about his body, answers to his position and circumstances. It would not have been worn by a person in very humble life.
- Indeed, nothing but the name is wanting to Complete the evidence of the identity of “John whose surname was Mark” with Mark the writer of this Gospel.
- It will be remembered that St. John in his Gospel evidently speaks of himself more than once without mentioning his name, calling himself “another disciple.”
- St. Mark, if the hypothesis be correct, speaks of himself as “a young man,” probably because he was not yet a disciple.
H. D. M. Spence-Jones, ed., St. Mark, vol. 1, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), v.