OK, today is the day that we transition back into the Gospels, today into the book of Mark.
It isn’t abnormal for me because I am frequently thinking about the Kingdom of God and its level of relevance in my life, but as I read Mark 1 today, I’m noticing again that Jesus begins his public preaching with these words:
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”Mark 1:14-15
This chapter seems to show Jesus bursting onto the scene. There are dramatic things happening everywhere he goes:
Jesus is baptized and the heavens open and God speaks audibly.
Jesus goes into the wilderness and does spiritual battle with Satan.
Jesus begins to put his team together by calling the first disciples.
Jesus starts driving out demons and healing people, creating huge crowds wherever he goes.
But in the middle of all of this, he also announces a revolution. The Romans control the Israeli land, and speaking against the Romans would result in death, but Jesus bursts onto the scene and announces a new Kingdom, the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is announcing a new Kingdom, but it is not a political kingdom. It is not a kingdom of this earth. It is one Kingdom to rule all other kingdoms and there is one way into it: To repent and believe. We call out to God asking for forgiveness for how we have lived without him and we move forward in belief and reliance upon the King.
In the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the King. Jesus said that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. We, therefore, live under a new authority, that is the Kingdom of God and the kingship of Jesus Christ.