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May 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we are continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark. We will focus on Mark 1:14-20. This talks about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the calling of the first disciples.fishermen

As I’ve been looking at the text, I have been thinking a lot about a phrase Jesus uses– “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). What is the Kingdom of God? How do we relate to it? How is it different from “all the kingdoms of the world” (Matt. 4:8) that Satan offered Jesus in his final temptation in the desert?

There is something deeply exciting, yet also disconcerting, about this idea of the kingdom of God. It’s exciting because it proclaims the redemption of a fallen world– a new creation with a loving and sovereign king. But it is disconcerting because it stands in a direct contrast to the kingdoms I so often want to be a part of and experience. Life in God’s kingdom is radically different than the kingdoms of this world… So different that it can shake up my soul and spirit to consider it.

Yet that is the call of Jesus as he begins his ministry.

That is the call of Jesus today.

So consider the kingdom of God this week. Read Mark 1:14-20. Come to church this Sunday. Jesus is beginning his ministry and he wants to speak to you and me.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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