Scripture: Mark 1:14-28
Key verses: (14-15) Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news.”
Reflection: As a pastor, I wonder how much we should proclaim good news ABOUT Jesus and how much we should proclaim the good news that Jesus himself proclaimed. What was the good news that Jesus proclaimed?
“The time is fulfilled.” If you are waiting for God to show up, waiting for God to initiate a relationship, waiting for God to break into the world with hope and peace and justice and grace, the time has come! In Jesus Christ, our longings are fulfilled. Faith is available right now. It’s time to follow Jesus, to be a disciple, to honor Jesus as Lord of your life, right now.
“The kingdom of God has come near.” God is not distant or removed from creation. We can live as citizens of God’s kingdom now. The kingdom isn’t an abstract idea about eternal life but it’s about a changed life in the world right now. God’s kingdom, or reign, is seen in the way Jesus lived in the world and we are invited to live in the way too.
“Repent.” How can repentance be good news? Repentance isn’t just about feeling guilty for things we have done. Repentance is about conscious choices to turn things around, to change, to behave differently. If the path you are on is headed for disaster, then turn around and walk the other way.
“Believe in the good news.” You were created in the image of God. You belong to God. You are called and claimed by God. You are invited to follow Jesus and to live in his way. Believe it. It’s good news!
Prayer: O God, you bring good news in Jesus Christ. Give me a heart of courage to follow him, give me eyes of faith to see his work in the world, and give me strength of will to accept his way of life. Thank you! Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].