I want to take you along on a journey. For the next few blogs, I ask you to journey with me through Mark’s account of the Gospel. Every blog will contain a simple outline of the chapter along with a brief lesson we can learn. Please come along on this journey. It may be that as we walk through the Mark’s account that we meet someone important.
- Meet John the voice crying in the wilderness – Mar 1:1-8
- Jesus comes to John for immersion – Mar 1:9-11
- Mark relates a time when Satan tempt Jesus – Mar 1:12-13
- Jesus begins His earthly ministry – Mar 1:14-15
- Jesus call specific followers – Mar 1:16-20
- Jesus casts out a demon – Mar 1:21-28
- Jesus heals many people with medical conditions – Mar 1:29-34
- Jesus preaches in the towns of Galilee – Mar 1:40-44
- Jesus’ popularity spreads among the people – Mar 1:45
In this short chapter there lies a wealth of information. But in all of the potential lessons there is one that stood out to me as I read through and meditated on the text. Look at Mark 1:14-15, “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” This is a powerful sentence. This sentence is Mark’s thesis statement and he will spend the next fifteen chapters demonstrating this statement.
- Jesus came proclaiming the gospel of God. The word gospel is from a compound word meaning good news. First century Judah needed good news. They were oppressed by Rome. Conditions were difficult so many were poor. Religious traditions were supplanting truth and making following God a burden not a joy. Sin controlled their lives. They sure could use a little good news.
- Good news, the time is fulfilled! Time fulfilled? What time? For hundreds of years the people of Judah waited for the time of the Messiah. They were waiting for the days to be over that would usher in the time of the anointed of God who would bring God’s rule back to His people. They studied the words of Moses, the messages of the Prophets, and the Writings (Luk 24:44). Marks says, that Jesus claims the time is now, the Messiah is come. Mark will point us to that Messiah, John the Baptist already had.
- Good news, the Kingdom of God is at hand. The Kingdom of God is the rule of the Messiah. Since the time is fulfilled the Kingdom will soon follow. The Messiah is God’s King over His Kingdom. Jesus says to the people of the first century, that the Kingdom is just around the corner.
- Good news, you can enter the Kingdom when you repent and believe the good news. Repentance is a change of life. It is stopping the direction your life is headed and turning to follow God’s path. Belief is more that mental acceptance only thinking something is true. Belief is placing full trust in by obeying what you believe. The gospel is the good news of the Messianic Kingdom – salvation in Christ and being added to His Body the Church.
As one of my undergraduate professors would say, “Boys, that will preach!”
What are some lessons you see in Mark 1?