Our greatest need is the Gospel
Mark’s Gospel begins with the most beautiful words, ‘The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God’. While this statement is the beginning of Mark’s declaration of the timeless truth about Jesus, there is another sense in which this wasn’t the beginning. As we study the whole of the Scriptures we realise that the Gospel has an unbeginning beginning and an unending end.
In verse 14 of the same chapter our Lord Jesus Christ began his earthly ministry by proclaiming ‘The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel’. In the culturally confused and morally relative world we live in there is strong resistance to the ownership of sin, the justice of God’s judgment and the need for thoroughgoing repentance and change.
Instead, folks want to modify God’s word, accommodate the culture and reconfigure Jesus to make him more palatable. The tragedy of all this is that in their language of inclusion they totally miss the point, failing to see that repentance and faith which guarantee inclusion in the Kingdom of God are the only criteria for love, light and life as God intended.
The good news of the gospel flourished in the culturally confused and morally relative world of the Greco-Roman Empire and it is my conviction that our focus in these days needs to be upon the clear communication of the Gospel. It is easy to become distracted and to wander of course but the need of the hour is Jesus and our greatest need is the gospel.
‘Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above’
It is my prayer that we may be known as ‘gospel’ people preaching to ourselves and to others that it is God to whom we are accountable, that our problem is our rebellion against Him, that God’s solution to our rebellion is Christ’ sacrificial death and resurrection and that by repentance and faith we can be included in God’s salvation plan.