From Paul David Tripp’s Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change:

Mark records Jesus’ words this way: ‘The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!’ It is tempting to think that this is merely Jesus’ way of introducing himself, but this 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. It offers hope that is wonderfully practical and intensely personal.