The Good News

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 1:14-15

Repent and believe in the gospel. (v. 15)

Political announcements are usually billed as being big deals. When it comes right down to it, though, often they turn out to be big duds. Toward the end of the 2016 Republican campaign Ted Cruz, the candidate who was trailing by a large margin, made an announcement that, should he win his party’s nomination, he would choose Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential candidate. What a waste of time that was! A week later he pulled out of the race.

But the announcement in today’s verses was indeed a big deal! After his baptism and his time spent alone in the desert, Jesus was ready to begin his ministry. And he does it very simply. “The time is fulfilled,” he says, “the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (v. 15).

It’s interesting that Jesus begins his announcement with the same call as John the Baptist—the call to repentance. Repentance means to “turn around” or to “change one’s ways.” Specifically it means to hate one’s sins, not just the consequences of one’s sins.

But just as important is the word “believe.” To believe simply means to accept what Jesus says as true. When they did that, and when we do that today as well, we find out that what God has for us is truly good news: peace, hope, salvation, and eternal life—and more! We do well to heed his message! —John Koedyker

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for announcing to the whole world the good news you have for us. Amen.