After John was Arrested

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Mark 1:14-15

The public of mission of Jesus ends with a crucifixion; it begins with an arrest. What kind of good news is this?

I’ve frequently missed the very first words of Mark 1:14 or pondered their significance. They are the first hints of what Mark is up to in his gospel.

Jesus works wonders – healing the sick, casting out demons, calming storms, walking on water, feeding the crowds, raising the dead – generally plundering Satan’s realm – but that picture of Jesus is misleading and incomplete until we also learn that “the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31) Jesus is more than just a wonder worker, and his kingdom work incorporates more than just his works of power.