“And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God draws near. Repent, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15
John preached a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins and, after John’s arrest, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God draws near. Repent, and believe the gospel.”
Our message today is no different. We still preach and proclaim “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God draws near. Repent, and believe the gospel.”
The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God draws near. In fulfillment of His ancient promises, God sent His Son into the world, a true man, to redeem us from the curse of the law and open to us the gates of heaven (cf. Gal. 4:4-5; Lk. 1:68ff.). And now that Christ has died for the sins of the world and is risen again and ascended to the right hand of the Father, the day of His return to judge the living and the dead and to establish His everlasting kingdom draws near.
God’s Word says that Jesus will soon come “from Heaven with the angels of His power, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He shall come to be glorified in His saints and to be admired in all those who believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that Day” (2 Thess. 1:7-10).
Now is the time to repent and believe the Gospel (2 Cor. 5:18 – 6:2). It’s time to recognize the sinfulness of our ways and to turn to the Lord with faith in the Gospel – that good news that our God is gracious and merciful toward us and forgives our sins and iniquities and gives us a place in His everlasting kingdom for the sake of the Son, Jesus Christ, and His innocent sufferings and death in our stead. God is “good and ready to forgive, and rich in mercy to all those who call on” Him (Psalm 86:5).
Those who repent and believe the Gospel of forgiveness and life in Christ Jesus will be saved. Those who do not repent and place their faith and confidence in the Son will be condemned to the eternal fires of hell when Jesus comes to establish His everlasting kingdom.
O gracious and merciful God, grant that we repent of our sinful ways and believe the good news of forgiveness and life in the Son. Amen.
[Scripture quoted by permission from Green's Modern King James Version (MKJV) Copyright 1993 by Jay P. Green Sr., All rights reserved.]
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