14 day plan

Transformation through the Word

Day 14 of 14

Mark 1:14-15

Ministry in Galilee

14After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: 15“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Reflections: We’ve reached our final devotion together, and I want to begin right where we started. Just like we began in Matthew’s gospel account with a call to repentance, we see here again the word repent. This word means to allow your life to be transformed in such a way that to return is impossible. Like a caterpillar into a butterfly, that transformation, or ‘metanoia’ is one-way. The saving work of Jesus in unison with the indwelling of the Spirit is enough to sustain this transformation. So be filled with hope and boldness that your life is different, so different that you’ll find it impossible to return once more to your old nature. Put on the ‘new man’, keep in step with the Spirit, be cleansed in the regenerative power of God’s mercy and above all, be transformed by the Word of God and the power of the Spirit.

Question: Now that you have received this transformation, how will share it with others and call them into the same transformative relationship that you’ve tasted and seen?

Prayer:  God, I thank you for this journey of understanding the gravitas of transformation that I have undergone with you. I trust you completely with my new nature and ways. I will not understand them perfectly at all times, but I am confident in you that I am loved, redeemed and recreated to flourish in my community and to share the transforming message of hope and vitality with the world. Amen.

Mark 1:1-45

The Messiah’s Herald

1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;

he will prepare your way.

3A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

Prepare the way for the Lord;

make his paths straight!

4John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.

7He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals. 8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10As soon as he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well-pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

12Immediately the Spirit drove him into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving him.

Ministry in Galilee

14After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: 15“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

The First Disciples

16As he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. 17“Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” 18Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19Going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat putting their nets in order. 20Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Driving Out an Unclean Spirit

21They went into Capernaum, and right away he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. 22They were astonished at his teaching because he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes.

23Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out,  24“What do you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!”

25Jesus rebuked him saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.

27They were all amazed, and so they began to ask each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28At once the news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee.

Healings at Capernaum

29As soon as they left the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew’s house with James and John. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31So he went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32When evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick and demon-possessed. 33The whole town was assembled at the door, 34and he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Preaching in Galilee

35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he got up, went out, and made his way to a deserted place; and there he was praying. 36Simon and his companions searched for him, 37and when they found him they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

38And he said to them, “Let’s go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach there too. This is why I have come.”

A Man Cleansed

39He went into all of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 40Then a man with leprosy came to him and, on his knees, begged him, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched him. “I am willing,” he told him. “Be made clean.” 42Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43Then he sternly warned him and sent him away at once, 44telling him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer what Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45Yet he went out and began to proclaim it widely and to spread the news, with the result that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. But he was out in deserted places, and they came to him from everywhere.