“The time has come” Mark 1 verse 15 (new international version)
“ ‘The time has come’, he said, ‘The Kingdom of God is near, Repent and Believe the good news’!”
When we felt that important decisions could be delayed no longer. At some point in our life the decision in question will be whether to follow Jesus wholeheartedly or in a superficial way.
When we read through the rest of the Gospel of Mark, we find one of the most common themes is about preparation. The time has come, to prepare and allow ourselves to be consolidated, in the plans and purpose Our Lord and Our Friend has for our lives.
Preparation by Baptism
Jesus was baptized with John’s baptism in obedience to appointed ordinance. John recognized immediately that this man was not a subject for baptism of repentance that he was preaching. There was in this face a purity and majesty that touched John’s heart about his own unworthiness.
Jesus was the standard and example of righteousness. Jesus would fulfill every duty he required others to do.
Preparation by receiving the Holy Spirit.
Jesus went down into the baptismal water in obedience to His Father. He came out of the water under an open sky with The Holy Spirit descending on Him, and the voice of His Father declaring Him to be His Beloved Son.
Preparation by a Divine call.
A voice from heaven Mark 1 verse 11
Later we hear the same voice in His transfiguration.
Preparation by testing.
“At once the spirit sent Him out into the desert” Mark 1 verse 12
Jesus was led to be tempted. It was no accident or evil fate, but by divine appointment.
Jesus overcame temptation by the Word always telling Satan it is written.
Satan is always defeated by the Word of God.
It is also interesting to note that Jesus never called any person from idleness, He called busy and successful people to follow Him.
The time has come, to be fully persuaded as Paul spoke about in Romans 8 verse 38 and 39: that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is In Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Time has come
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