What if you were the one responsible for a bitter rift between the two most courageous champions of the early church?
One is your cousin, Barnabas, and the other is Paul, a man who had once refused to allow you to travel and minister with him, but who has come to hold you in high regard in his later years? Would you not be burdened by that, and compelled to try to bring about a reconciliation of these men who were once so powerfully united in their commitment to bring Jesus to the pagan Gentiles?
John Mark, who would later pen the Gospel of Mark, was that man, and this is a story, not only of his attempt to bring about that reconciliation, but about a most remarkable time in the history of Christianity. Luke records that he, Mark, and Paul were together in Rome when Paul was confined there under house arrest. These were the men through whom the Lord would convey the vast majority of the New Testament, and this was the only time that all of them are known to be together for an extended time.
“Barnabas” presents a portrait of not only their profound faith, but of their utter humanity.