The Ministry of Jesus (01) - Mark 1:14-20

Date: 1/24/2021
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Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Bible Mark
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Outline of Mark
A. Three Witnesses: Malachi, Isaiah, John (1:1-8)
   B. Baptism by John (1:9-11)
      C. Testing of Jesus in the Desert (1:12-13)
         D.  Actions, Preaching, and Resurrection (1:14-5)
              E. God-like Powers/Transfiguration:/Son of God (6-9)
         D’. Actions, Preaching/Parables, and Resurrection (10-12)
      C’. Testing of Jesus in the Temple (12:13ff)
    B’. Baptism by Cross (12-15 cf  10:38 cross as baptism)
A’.  Three Witnesses: Mary Magdalene, Mary Alpheus, Salome (16)

Mark 1:14-20: - But after John had been imprisoned, Jesus went into the region of Galilee proclaiming the good news of God 15 and saying the appointed time is fulfilled for the kingdom of God has come near: repent and believe this good news. 16 And as he was going along the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the Sea, for they were fishermen 17 and Jesus said to them: follow me and I will create you anew as fishers of men 18 and strait way they abandoned their nets and followed Him. 19 And He went a little farther and saw James son of Zebedee and John his brother mending nets in their boat 20 and straight way He called them and they abandoned their father Zebedee in their boat with the hired workers and went away to follow Him. (G. Strawbridge translation)

1) The Coming of Jesus’ Ministry (1:14) - There was a necessary transition following the ministry of John, the“forerunner,” to prepare the way for King Jesus. In a very succinct manner Mark shows this transition. Jesus’ public ministry did not begin until John was imprisoned. The martyrdom of John is also highlighted later in a tragic episode in Mark. “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter” (6:25). John, awaiting the fulfillment of all the promises, and privileged to be in proximity to the Messiah (even in the womb, no less), still undergoes this fatal persecution due to this Satanic decision at Herod Antipas’ party.

2) The Command of Jesus’ Ministry (1:14b-15) - The “time is fulfilled” (kairos). The heralded message/announcement is summarized here as, “the kingdom of God has come near.” The “kingdom of God” is the reign of God, when Yahweh will be Israel’s king and rule, not Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Alexander, Antiochus, Herod(s), or Caesar(s) (e.g., Isaiah 2, 11, 49, 52ff; Zechariah 2; Haggai 2:9). Jesus inaugurated this reign of God in Himself. This message requires a response, “repent and believe the good news.” Repent (metanoeo) is “to know after, change one’s mind” (Spicq) or “a complete change of thought and attitude” (Louw & Nida). In the Greek OT it often means “relent”  (e.g., Joel 2:13).

3) The Call of Jesus’ Ministry (1:16-20) - A characteristic of Mark is the succinct summaries: “Jesus said to them: follow me and I will create you anew as fishers of men and strait way they abandoned (aphiemi) their nets and followed Him” (v. 17f). He calls Simon Peter and Andrew, then James and John and “they abandoned their father Zebedee in their boat with the hired workers and went away to follow Him” (v. 20f).  The term for “abandoned” or “left” is the same word translated “forgive.” They let it go, they abandoned their nets and their boats to be created anew (poieo ginomai) as fishers of men.

 

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more