We’re at the point where Jesus starts preaching! **Excitement**
Today we read Matthew 4:12-17 and Mark 1:14-15. Jesus heads out to Galilee (Fulfilling the prophecy in Isaiah 9:1-2) and what’s the first thing He does?
He says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
I don’t really think that this is insignificant. The very first thing Jesus preaches about, proclaims, is repentance.
Hm. Maybe it’s important…..?
So, the definition of repentance: Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and to dishonor to God, a violation of His holy law.
Just think about it for a minute, really. The VERY first thing Jesus talks about is repentance.
One other thing is that Jesus proclaimed, not just preached. He said things boldly, without worrying whether or not people agreed with Him. He knew the important thing was speaking about what God wanted Him to speak about.
So, did I put enough emphasis on repentance?