"The Gospel according to Mark tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth, a first-century Jew— who he is, what it means that he is the Son of God, and what it means to follow him. It lays claim to be the most important of all stories. What military victory or intellectual breakthrough could be as important as the news that the Creator of the whole universe came to live among us? What guide to health or wealth or happiness could matter as much as the way to eternal salvation."
William C. Placher, Mark, Belief, a Theological Commentary on the Bible, ed. Amy Plantinga Pauw and William C. Placher (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2010), 1.