14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15 (HCSB)
Did you notice what Jesus did immediately after John was put in prison? He intensified His efforts to proclaim the good news about the Kingdom. His priority was to call people to repent and believe.
Jesus could have spent His time trying to get John out of prison. Jesus could have devoted His life to healing and feeding people. Jesus could have made a name for Himself by writing popular and authoritative teaching manuscripts to be used to train up future Pharisees of a new religion. Jesus could have devoted His life to carpentry, as Joseph did, and carry on his father’s business.
But no! Jesus had come to die on a cross as a perfect sacrifice for our sin. He came to redeem us and to free us to live as He originally intended. He was not trying to make a name for Himself or start a new religion. He had come to open the door of eternal life for us and was calling us to turn from our sin and place our faith in Him.
Jesus has called His followers (disciples) to follow in His footsteps. We are to proclaim the good news of God. We are to tell others “the kingdom of God is near…repent and believe the good news!” That’s what a “fisher of men” does.
He made us…we rebelled.
He loved us…we resisted.
He sacrificed His life for us…we crucified Him.
He was resurrected from the dead…we doubted.
He now offers us life…we can repent and believe.
He has prepared a place for us…will we meet Him there?