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“14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Mark 1:14-15

Introduction

In Mark 1, Mark has just given us a synopsis of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness during his 40-day fast before His earthly ministry began. Before he wrote of Jesus’ temptation, Mark had told us about John and his earthly ministry, how he was the one who preached in the wilderness about Jesus, who would come after him. However, John would then be put in prison by Herod for preaching the Gospel. Jesus then picks up where John left off and proclaims the same message as John, to repent for the kingdom of God has come.

Prayer

God, as we begin to study how to have feet fit with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, I ask You to give me a new revelation of the gospel and peace. God, help me to see how I can experience peace on a new and deeper level and wear it as shoes. Freshly speak to me.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • What is the significance of John being put in prison, as it relates to Jesus and His life and ministry?
  • What is the Good News that Jesus declared?
  • Why do Jesus’ words “the time has come” matter?
  • How are repentance and belief tied to being equipped with the gospel of peace?

Applications from today’s reading:

  • Our repentance and belief in the Good News of Jesus are foundational to our ability to have and stand firm in peace.
  • When Paul writes in Ephesians about readiness from the gospel of peace, he isn’t referring to our advancement of the gospel. Rather, he is referring to our firm foundation of peace that cannot be found outside of the gospel.
    • For us to be equipped with peace, we must first repent of our sins and believe the Good News of Jesus.
  • Take a moment to reflect on when you first repented and believed in the Lord.
    • Write down what the initial feeling of having peace with the Lord felt like.
  • Remember, peace in the world cannot be found outside of first having peace with the Lord.

Prayer

God, thank You for Your Word. Thank you that peace is found in You and the Gospel. Lord, I pray that today, my feet will be planted firmly in the Good News, the Gospel, and my peace. When circumstances today are not peaceful, help me to rest in the peace I have in You. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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