In chapter 1 v 14-15 of Mark it says that Jesus was proclaiming ‘the good news of God’ and that the ‘Kingdom of God has come near” -a statement that seems odd when it was still years before Jesus would go to the cross. But in chapter 2 we learn that not only does Jesus come bringing physical wholeness but also spiritual wholeness to the paralysed man, commanding him to walk and forgiving him his sins. This story is important to our understanding of what the good news is, how far reaching it goes and to whom the message applies. This reminds us of the expansive nature of the good news about Jesus.
February 17, 2019