14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15 (NIV)

     In the Gospel according to Mark, this passage comes immediately after the baptism of Jesus. The time for his ministry had come. He would soon call his Twelve Disciples.

     So what were the two components of Jesus’ ministry, right from the very beginning? Repent and believe. God had been saying this to mankind from the very beginning, but now there is much more to come–the good news! The good news of forgiveness and salvation. Don’t miss it.

     Dear Lord, prepare our hearts for true repentance that we may believe fully and receive all that you have to offer.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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