Kingdom of God and Repentance?

I am working on a new lecture on Mark for my intro to Scripture class and I wanted to talk about what Jesus means when he says the Kingdom of God is near. If you notice (1:14), he also tells his hearers to repent. How could this be good news? Why does Jesus announce the Kingdom and call for repentance? I appreciated Morna Hooker’s thoughts

“God’s Kingdom means ‘territory under the rule of a king’. In this case, of course, the ‘territory’ is the world, which has fallen into enemy hands; men and demonic powers have usurped the throne. But now the time is at hand when God is going to restore his rule, and that means the punishment of the wicked, as well as salvation for those who have been faithful to him. It is a time of judgment—which means that there is need to repent, even though Jesus’ message is ‘good news’” (Studying the NT, 24, Hooker)

 

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3 thoughts on “Kingdom of God and Repentance?

  1. I remember listening to an N. T. Wright lecture–alas, I forget when or where–in which he mentioned that Josephus (and possibly Jesus as well) used the phrase “repent and believe in me” to mean something like “give up your agenda and sign on to mine.” If that’s right, the idea of signing on to Jesus’ kingdom would certainly be good news. Whether or not the phrase has that exact meaning, it seems to me to imply not merely turning from sin but also turning to Jesus’ kingdom.

  2. The N T Wright lecture was “Jesus and the KG” IVP Conference in 1999. I think Wright commented that whilst Jesus meant more than Josephus he certainly didn’t mena less.

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