Text: Mark 1; Exodus 7-8
Mark’s Gospel is very concentrated – it is short on details and moves at a very fast pace. Notice how often Mark uses the word “immediately.” I have a “red letter” Bible, one with the words of Jesus printed in red. The first time red print – Jesus’ words – are reported by Mark they are a simple yet complete message of what it takes to be saved.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus is saying, “Today is the day (your day). I, the King, am presenting myself to you this day. So it is time for you to turn from your sins (repent) and believe the great news.” This is indeed our message.
When it comes to delivering this message, I think the sticky part for most of us is the “repent” part. It means that the gospel message includes a great big helping of bad news that must be told in order for the good news to make sense. People do not want to hear that they are sinners. We don’t like to be told we are wrong. We don’t want to tell people that they are wrong. But this is an essential part of the good news. If a man came to my front door during the night with an ax in his hand, would I invite him in? How about if he told me my house was on fire?
in Him, Mike