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)
Says Bruce Metzger:
The gospel is good news, the very best news ever to come to the hearing of mankind, because it contains the message of forgiveness, restoration, and new life in Christ Jesus…
The kingdom of God in its essence is the reign of God, the personal relationship between the sovereign God and the individual. Thus there is no point in asking whether the kingdom is present or future, just as there is no point in asking whether the fatherhood of God is present or future. It is both.
And William Lane adds:
In the person of Jesus men are confronted by the Kingdom of God in its nearness. The only appropriate response is repentance and faith. There is an urgency about the nearness of God’s kingdom. Since it ushers in the End, it speaks of judgment. Jesus thus proclaims God’s kingdom so that men will repent and believe.
My friend, Matt Swanson, will preach this text from Mark at Calvary Community Church in the morning. I’m eager to hear the Spirit use him to encourage us regarding the Kingdom of God, preached by the Son of God, for the glory of God.