The first fifteen verses of Mark’s gospel introduces us to Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, and the King of heaven and earth. The King has come, the kingdom is near, and Jesus is proclaiming the need to repent and believe in the good news. No one proclaims a person to be king and then begs for people to accept him as king. He is the king and it does not matter if you accept him as king or not. He is king regardless of your decision. The announcement of Jesus as king who has come with his kingdom is an announcement for people to bring their lives under his rule. Jesus is the king and we must submit to his rule and follow his ways. This brings us to an important moment in the gospel proclamation in Mark’s gospel because Mark is going to show us what this looks like in the lives of those who desire to be disciples of Jesus. Turn in your copies of God’s word to Mark 1:16-20.
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