The Near Kingdom

After this, John was put into prison. Jesus went into Galilee and told people the Good News from God. Jesus said, “The right time is now here. The kingdom of God is near. Change your hearts and lives and believe the Good News!” – Mark 1:14-15

Mark wants us to see that Jesus’ baptism by John, Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness, and John’s arrest lead to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus goes to Galilee, the place of ministry in Mark’s Gospel. He begins to preach “God’s Good News” about the nearness of God’s Kingdom. This nearness of the Kingdom and this presentation of Good News mean people must respond by turning away from their sins. God’s will must reign in our hearts if we are to receive this Kingdom. God’s Good News must call us from our sin if we are to experience the power of this Kingdom in our own lives. So the question comes to you and to me: have I welcomed the Good News and turned from my sins? Holy and righteous Father, God of mercy and grace, I believe that your Son has brought me your Good News. I believe you want to have the power of your Kingdom reign in my heart and to be seen in the fruit of righteousness produced in my life. I gladly offer you my heart, soul, strength, and mind to show you my love for you and my desire to honor you. Acts 8:4-8, 12 – Galatians 5:16-21 – 1 Thessalonians 2:12

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