Mark does not waste any time whatsoever. As one preacher said:
The style of Mark is brief and blunt, pertinent and pithy, short and sweet. Mark is stripped of excess verbiage and goes right to the point. This is the Gospel of action and accomplishment. (Dr. J. Vernon McGee)
Christ's message was simple: Repent and believe the Gospel.
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
One Bible commentator said:
Israel’s focus was for the restoration of their political kingdom. Jesus’ focus was for spiritual repentance. (Dr. David Sorenson, Understanding the Bible)
This is a wonderful reminder that we must keep a proper focus at all times. No matter how busy we become; no matter how “noisy” our lives become we must keep a proper perspective and a proper focus - a spiritual focus not a physical one. I will admit that, once one step into the office in the morning, that is easier said and done.
But notice, also, that Christ’s ministry was all about the gospel!
Christ didn’t say, “Repent, and do good!”
Christ didn’t say, “Repent, and reform our culture!”
Christ didn’t say, “Repent, and become an agent for social reform and social justice!”
Christ didn’t say, “Repent, and take back our government!”
Christ said, “Repent, and believe the gospel!
Is there anything wrong with these things? No. However, the tendency is that we begin to focus more on those things than we do on the Gospel. Yet, if we keep our focus on the gospel - as Christ did - we will have plenty of opportunities to do these other things as well.
Today, focus on proclaiming the simple Gospel message. If you have never received Jesus Christ, click here and consider God's simple plan of salvation.