Your Kingdom Come – Mark 1:14-15 ESV

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Mark 1:14-15 (ESV)

Time is Fulfilled: A Devotional on Mark 1:14-15 (ESV)

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.'” (Mark 1:14-15)

Imagine the scene: John the Baptist, the fiery voice crying in the wilderness, is silenced. His imprisonment creates a vacuum, a pregnant pause in the story. But from this stillness, Jesus emerges, stepping into Galilee, not with a whisper, but with a trumpet blast: “The time is fulfilled!”

These words crackle with urgency. Time, promised throughout the prophets, time foreshadowed in John’s ministry, has reached its apex. The reign of God, long awaited, is not some distant horizon, but at hand, here and now. It’s a call to attention, a jolt to shake us from our comfortable routines.

But with this announcement comes a challenge: “Repent and believe.” Repentance isn’t mere regret, but a radical redirection. It’s turning away from paths that lead us away from God and embracing the way of His kingdom. It’s acknowledging our limitations and accepting the invitation to surrender to His Lordship.

And then, faith. Belief in the “gospel,” the good news. Not just intellectual assent, but a heart-stirring trust in the one who proclaims it. Trust that Jesus, this carpenter from Nazareth, is indeed the promised Messiah, the King whose kingdom transcends earthly boundaries.

This is the crux of it all. The time is ripe, the invitation extended. But the choice, dear friend, is ours. Will we remain passive observers, or will we step into the unfolding drama? Will we allow the urgency of His words to penetrate our hearts, leading us to repentance and faith?

Let this be a moment of decision. Turn away from distractions, quiet the inner noise, and listen to the echo of Jesus’ voice. The kingdom of God is at hand, not just for some future generation, but for you, right now. Embrace the time, choose repentance, and step boldly into the embrace of faith. For in that moment, the good news isn’t just heard, it’s lived.

Reflection:

  • What distractions keep you from experiencing the kingdom of God in the present moment?
  • What does repentance look like for you in this season of your life?
  • How can you cultivate a deeper faith in the good news of Jesus Christ?

Remember, the time is fulfilled. Step forward, and let the kingdom begin, within you and around you.

Sources
  1. slideplayer.com/slide/14424804/
  2. www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/repentance-leads-life