The Coming of a Kingdom

A Bible Exposition Of Mark 1:14-20

Each Gospel writer presents the life of Jesus with a distant purpose. Mark's was to present Jesus as the Son of God who cam to serve. As a result he jumps over a period of many months in the white spaced between v. 13 and v. 14 in Chapter 1.

Remember, Mark is not giving us a chronological biography. And for those of us who like things tidy (yes, myself) we must live with the fact that the Gospel writers weren't intending to do this.

They could have used dates and additional settings to clarify for context for us… or even lay things out in a tight chronology. But their goal was to present Jesus in his life and ministry and death and resurrection. And in terms of capturing this, they knocked it out of the park.

In this passage Mark is going to introduce the beginning of the ministry life of Christ by focusing on his message, and his men.

2 Focal Points from the Outset of Jesus Ministry (14-15)

  1. His Message
    1. The Setting for His Message (v. 14)
    2. The Summary of His Message (v. 15)
  2. His Men
    1. The Call & Compliance of Peter & Andrews (16-18)
    2. The Call & Compliance of James & John (19-20)

Mark 1:14–20 (NASB95)
14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 16 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19 Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.