When Jesus bursts onto the scene in Mark 1, He presents a message and a mission. The message? “The kingdom of God is here; repent and believe the Gospel.” The mission? To take this message to everyone! Alistair Begg makes the point that both the message and the mission spring from the identity of Jesus Himself: He is the promised King, here to reign in the hearts of His own, and He commands us to follow. Have we lost sight of how revolutionary and countercultural this calling continues to be?
14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
16Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”5 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
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