Third Sunday after the Epiphany
January 25, 2015
“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Mark 1:14-20)
In the early chapters of the gospels, we track Jesus’ early ministry, as he goes about Galilee, preaching, teaching, and healing. As sort of a subset of his healing ministry, Jesus also casts out demons. And interspersed among these accounts, Jesus also gathers disciples to himself. And so it is that today and for the next two weeks we get such accounts of Jesus’ early ministry from the first chapter of Mark. Today we get a sample of Jesus’ preaching and his calling disciples. Next week we will see Jesus casting out an unclean spirit. Two weeks from today, we’ll see Jesus healing physical ailments. And through these readings, we will gain insight and faith for what all of this means for us.
Today, then, we hear Jesus speak to us, saying, “Repent, Believe, and Follow.” “Repent and believe”: That’s a summary of Jesus’ preaching. “Follow”: That’s Jesus’ call to discipleship. Repent, believe, and follow: Three imperatives, three commands, from the lips of Jesus. Repent, believe, and follow: Three words that lead to forgiveness, faith, and purpose in life for every one of us.