In these opening chapters of Matthew we read of Jesus’ birth, the flight to Egypt, Jesus’ baptism, temptation in the wilderness by Satan, and the inauguration of His earthly ministry. Jesus’ opening message is simple:
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
Jesus is the King, so the kingdom is indeed at hand. Our God is sovereign and He rules and reigns over all. Sadly, our world is in an illegal and illegitimate rebellion against the Lord’s good and proper rule. God desires that we come back to Him, to abandon the rebellion, and so Jesus’ opening shot is a simple command – “Repent.” The Greek word means to change your mind. We all come to salvation when we change our mind about sin. When we decide to reject it in our lives, and to turn to Jesus, we are forgiven and welcomed into the Kingdom with joy and love. There is no condemnation, no judgment. How cool is that?
The topic of sin and repentance is right where Jesus began. It is the starting point for us all. If you are outside the Kingdom, turn from your sin and come to Jesus… and receive life and love.
in Him, Mike