Jesus Came Proclaiming the Good News of God

This meditation is based on a passage for January 11, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Mark 1:14-28

Reflection and Question: Mark’s Gospel begins with the warnings of John the Baptist and the voice from heaven saying of Jesus, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Then comes today’s text reminding us that Jesus’ ministry began abruptly after John was arrested, with Jesus proclaiming, “The kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe.” This passage goes on to show the central elements of God’s kingdom: community, teaching and care for the hurting. At first no one objected; they were simply amazed. What part of Jesus’ message and work is good news for you?

Prayer: Eternal God, both John and Jesus urge us to repent. Please forgive us our sins and help us to understand how Your kingdom has come near to us. May we see how the time is fulfilled, believing in Jesus’ good news and absorbing His teaching. Amen.