Mark records Jesus’ words this way: “The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15). It is tempting to think that this is merely Jesus’ way of introducing himself, but his announcement is more than that. It gives all of us who endure the harsh realities of the Fall the only valid reason to get up in the morning. If offers hope that is wonderfully practical and intensely personal. … God had not forgotten or lost interest in humanity. Since that horrible first fall into sin, he had been bringing the world to this day. What looked pointless and out of control was, in fact, the unfolding of God’s wonderful story of redemption, which reached its crescendo with the coming of Christ.
Paul Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, pg 3-4.