Evangelii = The Gospel in Latin
PART ONE OF SIX
I want you to imagine today that we are in a courtroom. The gospel, or the good news of Jesus Christ, is under attack. It’s been called a lie. It’s been called lunacy. But for the follower of Jesus Christ it is life. It is everything.
For the believer, we must know the gospel inside and out. We should live a gospel-centered life where everything revolves around the gospel. If you are not sure about the gospel, I am going to try to let the Bible speak for itself this week. I pray the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth and draw you near.
At the end of the day, there are only really three things that can be true about the gospel: either it is a lie, it is lunacy (meaning Jesus was crazy), or it is the truth.
Mark 1:14-15 says, “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.”
Verses 14-15 are actually at the end of the introduction of Mark. Notice Mark does not give any background on the genealogy or birth of Christ. He gets right to business, beginning with the public ministry of John the Baptist, known as the forerunner of Jesus. Jesus first appears in Verse 9 and is baptized by John in the Jordan River. Jesus then immediately was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for 40 days.
Then we come to the first words of Jesus recorded by Mark, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel.”
These words are not to be taken lightly. We must all seek the truth: are these words a lie, lunacy, or life? We all have to take the evidence and decide for ourselves, or better yet, listen to what God is telling us.
Just for today, meditate on what the gospel means to you.
Tune in tomorrow for Part Two..