Secrets make for exciting and compelling entertainment. There are something like 24 films featuring James Bond working to reveal secret conspirators bent on world domination or destruction. Bond is just the tip of the espionage entertainment iceberg. As a culture, we eat up stories about conflict over keeping and revealing secrets. As we’re entering the most contentious season of the presidential election cycle we can be assured there will be ample political claims concerning secrets. Secrets will be used as both political weapons and political defenses. This use of secrets will likely inspire strong emotional responses among the public. Secrets have a visceral quality.
There is a reoccurring theme to the Gospel of Mark that we have yet to explore in our preaching series. Throughout Mark’s Gospel Jesus seeks to keep many of his miraculous actions secret. Mark tells of Jesus preaching and teaching publicly and a few public miracles, but as Mark tells the story of Jesus’ ministry, most