The Gospel according to Mark narrates for us the beginning of Jesus’s earthly ministry. After being baptised by John the Baptist and spending forty days in the wilderness, Jesus begins what will be a short three year period which will change the course of human affairs. During these three years He will raise the dead, give the blind their sight, preach and teach multitudes of people about the kingdom of God and eventually be crucified on a cross and then be raised from the dead on the third day.
Mark 1:14-15 reads:
“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.”
How powerful and profound are these words? Jesus begins his public ministry by going straight to the heart of man’s greatest problem; sin. The first step to getting right with God is to recognise how God sees us and then obeying what He says we must do. Here, Jesus uses the word “repent” as a commandment. Sinners are called to repent before a holy and perfect God. Upon repenting, sinful mankind is then called to believe and partake in the joy of the good news. Before He bestows His eternal love upon us, He breaks sins hold upon us.
I believe it is fair to say, that repentance is high on God’s priority.
Have you repented and believed in the the Gospel? Have you even heard the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Come to Grace Church Southall this Sunday at 11am to hear.