Was reading Mark’s gospel and something struck me (no, it wasn’t a bus). In 1:14, Mark tells us that “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “‘The time has come,” he said. ‘The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Now…what is the good news? Our first response would be that Jesus died and was risen so that we could die to sin and rise to new life. Yeah, thats good news. However, its clearly only part of it. This is Jesus announcing what the good news is. He hadn’t yet died, technically, the work was still to be done. Jesus says: Its the proximity of the Kingdom, its repentance, its believing.
It appears that simply announcing the Kingdom is effective. This is a long held confirmed view of mine and to my mind is the great value of open air worship…it announces the Kingdom. By simply announcing the Kingdom, we’re conducting life changing, world changing business.
This verse just magnifies the power of faith in Jesus and the power of the work on the cross…it was effective before it even happened. But the key here is ‘repent and believe.’ Jesus makes evangelism look very easy.
I believe something happens spiritually when the Kingdom is announced. Yes, people hear and God rejoices, but I believe the demons quiver. It has to be said though, that Jesus never simply announced the Kingdom…all the way through the gospels Jesus announces the Kingdom, invites people to respond to it, then he demonstrates it with a healing, a deliverance session, or some other miracle.
Maybe your evangelism needs to take a new direction today.