The Gospel of Mark and the Power of the Kingdom

As we read the Gospel of Mark for this week, I have worked on a theory: Everything Mark does in his gospel flows from Mark 1:15. I have no idea if this is actual or not… and I’ve not had enough time, resources, millions of volumes of others who think about this stuff, etc., to truly “analyze” it. It’s just a thought.

Reading from the Common English Bible caught my attention on this verse:

“Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!”

Then, the Message:

“Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

What I have looked for from that verse on is if this is something Mark really puts as his main theme and then shows how people have responded to it. It’s been an adventure, to say the least.

Early on, I think that is what Mark is doing. By the time we get to Mark 4 and the parable of the seed and the sower, I think the message is basically, “If you thought you knew about the Kingdom, you might want to wake up and pay attention.”

The pace is dizzying. People are trying to catch up to what is going on.

The Kingdom of God is coming in power and it’s hard to grasp. Then, the whole thing of who is “in” and who is “out” is rattling people’s brains.

This week I am left in awe, once again, of the incredible power of the Kingdom of God. I am also left in shame a bit. The Kingdom moves in power and I may be the one who is asleep. God is breaking out in power, the Kingdom is truly ready to do its work, and I shouldn’t be asleep for this one!

It is crucial to watch for the signs of the Kingdom. See where Jesus is… where the Spirit is headed…

New wine. New wineskins.

Hold on for the ride.

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