What Jesus Did! 'The Near Kingdom' — Mark 1:14-15

Friday, January 12, 2024

Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God's Good News. "The time promised by God has come at last!" he announced. "The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"
— Mark 1:14-15 NLT

Key Thought

Mark wanted us to see that Jesus' baptism by John, Jesus' temptations in the wilderness, and John's arrest led to the beginning of Jesus' ministry. Jesus went to Galilee, the place of ministry in Mark's Gospel. He began 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?

Today's Prayer

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 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 for others and show you my desire to honor you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 8:4-8, 12
  • Galatians 5:16-23
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:12

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Illustration of Mark 1:14-15 NLT — "The time promised by God has come at last!"   ——   "The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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