I have been reading the book of Mark for the last few days, and I love it. I like the way Mark wastes no time getting to the point of what he has to say. For instance, Chapter 1, verse 1, “The good news of Jesus Christ begins here.”
I pray that each day this month you will wake up with the sense of urgency that Mark apparently felt. His Gospel is exciting. As your read it, you can picture yourself right in the middle of the all that is going on. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Mark helps us realize that Jesus has come to help us, and we see what he, himself, had learned through others. God had come among us, and He had brought His Kingdom with Him.
Why is the Gospel called Good News? Have you ever thought about why? This seems to be why Mark wastes no time getting his story out. It was good news that God was with us, and good news that the prophecies of old were being fulfilled. The news was so good that Mark just burst forth with his view of the Drama of all dramas. We are allowed to see Christ’s humanity in the waters of Jordan, the wilderness of temptation, on the shores of Galilee, and being interrupted while teaching in a Sabbath temple meeting in Capernaum. The good news was, and still is, that God responds to faith. If you are the friends of a crippled man, the crippled man himself, or a despised tax collector, there is a place for you in His Kingdom. Jesus is the centerpiece of the book of Mark. He is the good news that Mark could not keep to himself. It is almost like he just blurted his revelation out without restraint. Mad men and terminally ill women were included and transformed, and the chained were changed and claimed. The dead were raised back to life again. He was really God, as demonstrated by his rule over nature and the elements, i.e., from feeding multitudes with loaves and fishes or walking on the stormy sea. He was really man in that he hungered, suffered, needed rest, worked as a carpenter and ultimately died on the cross for our sins as a sinless sacrifice.
THIS IS GOOD NEWS MONTH AT HERITAGE! SO GO TELL SOMEONE WHAT THIS SAME JESUS HAS DONE FOR YOU.
I believe in you!
Cleddie & GayNell Keith