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The Kingdom Has Come! - by Michael Phillips
Study in Mark - Part 33
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Mark 15:40-16:8
Nov 22, 2009 am - The time is fulfilled, the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Gospel. With these stirring words, our Lord began His public ministry, and gave us the theme of Mark's Gospel. The Book is about God's Rule coming to earth in and around His Son, Jesus Christ. Was the Kingdom needed? Yes it was. Israel was ruled by a Pagan Empire who mocked at God's Lordship in favor of Caesar's. All Jews knew how bad the Gentiles were, but some of them knew Israel was no better. The priesthood was corrupt and tyrannical; the teachers of the Law were hard and heartless; nobody stood up for orphans and widows; and the voice of God had not been heard in four hundred years. The Kingdom of God was a thin promise, growing thinner by the day. Till a man showed up in the wilderness of Judea, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sin. When asked if he was Messiah, he said he wasn't, but heads up!- There is One coming after me, whose Sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop Down and loose. I baptize with water, but He will Baptize with the Holy Spirit. Some time later, the One to Come came and submitted to John's baptism. Rising from the waters of the Jordan- The heavens parted, the ... More >>>

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