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).
Jesus asked people to repent. The ultimate evil in us is to make ourselves the ultimate authority, to worship the self rather than look to God. Repenting means to reject belief in the self as sovereign of our lives and believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. To do this we may have to leave things that are not inherently bad (such as a promising career) and go wherever Jesus may lead. It means to trust Jesus and follow Him all our lives.
Immediately after proclaiming the simple message that the Kingdom of God had come, to repent and believe the gospel, Jesus demonstrated proof that the Kingdom of God had indeed come by exorcising demons and healing people. Jesus compelled others to follow Him (v16) and to take control over evil spirits (Mark 6:7).
Later Jesus commanded all His disciples to:
“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” (Mark 16:15-18 NLT).
What, if anything, holds you back from going out into the streets and proclaiming the Good News just like Jesus did?
You may enjoy this recent sermon based on Jesus compellingly and convincingly proclaiming the Gospel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBUC6fIkMDY