Rev. Harrison Goodman, pastor at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Mark 1:14-15.
John’s imprisonment points to the truth that Jesus will follow John in his suffering and death. Although John is arrested by Herod Antipas, tetrarch in Galilee, Jesus is unafraid to preach the truth in Galilee. The Word of God goes forth unhindered by persecution. Jesus’ inaugural sermon is direct and concise. In Jesus, the time is at hand because God is reigning in Him as king. He sets His people free from asking “When is the king coming?” Instead, Jesus’ people ask, “Where is the King reigning?” and “Who is this King who reigns?” In these ways, Jesus still reigns as King among us by the preaching of His Word. The Word preached among us is the same Word Jesus preached. The Word of God brings us to repentance over our sins and creates trust in the good news of what Jesus has done for us.
“The Gospel in Action” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Gospel according to St. Mark. The Evangelist hits the ground running with the very first verse of his Gospel account, and he never lets up the pace. As one deed of Jesus comes right after another, always paired with His authoritative Word, St. Mark proclaims the good news that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed conclusively by His death on the cross.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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Jesus Begins His Ministry
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;[a] repent and believe in the gospel.”
- Mark 1:15 Or the kingdom of God has come near
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.