Mark 1:14-15 (TPT)
14 Later on, after John the Baptizer was arrested, Jesus went back into the region of Galilee and preached the wonderful gospel of God’s kingdom realm. 15 His message was this: “At last the fulfillment of the age has come! It is time for the realm of God’s kingdom to be experienced in its fullness! Turn your lives back to God and put your trust in the hope-filled gospel!”
The arrest of John the Baptist appears after Mark has written about John’s preaching in southern Israel and how almost all of Jerusalem has come to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. His role was to baptize with water and to testify to who was coming. Jesus was coming to baptize with the Spirit of Holiness.
John’s call was to preach with the visual sign of cleansing, Jesus would come declaring the internal power of cleansing.
After Jesus himself is physically baptized by John, He spends 40 days of testing in the wilderness. As he exits the wilderness, John the Baptist is arrested. The baton has changed hands. The arrested John is Jesus’ first cousin.
What would you do?
I think I would be going to Jerusalem and protesting and demanding John’s release. I would be fighting for my cousin, however Jesus was not distracted from His call and His mission, to bring about God’s spiritual kingdom to the world.
It makes me wonder at times at what point am I, are you distracted by “world events”, worldly causes and even life’s injustices? Do these distract us from the real mission – to preach the Kingdom of God, repentance of sins, forgiveness, love and grace through the power and infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Mark guides us in what to do, “It is time for the realm of God’s kingdom to be experienced in its fullness”. “Turn you lives back to God and put your trust in the hope-filled gospel.”
Are you experiencing the fullness of the Kingdom?
How will you declare and display the fullness of the Kingdom this week?
Lord, help me to experience the fullness of Your Kingdom and to display it in such a manner that it is infectiously attractive to all who I connect with over this coming week.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta