Good News of the Kingdom

Today's Bible reading: Mark 1:9-12

There is one topic and one theme which dominates Jesus preaching – especially according to the first three Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke.  This one dominating topic is: the kingdom of God.  Jesus never gives a definition of the Kingdom.  He takes it as a given that His hearers know that: God is the King of the universe … and that the coming of the Kingdom means a special coming of God to His people.

Actually, Jesus doesn’t just talk about the Kingdom – He makes it happen!  He brings the rule of God in His words and His actions.  Thus, His parables of the Kingdom and His miracles have a direct relationship to the coming of God's rule.  Whereas John the Baptist seems to have seen the coming Kingdom almost exclusively in terms of God's coming as judge … Jesus proclaimed Good News for sinners – which is really Good News for us!

Prayers: Lord, You humbly stood in our stead when baptized by John and thereby gave us a share in Your life, death and resurrection.  Let us therefore celebrate our place in God's family, obeying the Father, richly dwelling in the Spirit, and ever following You.  Amen. 

GOD BLESS YOUR DAY!