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“Repent and believe the Good News!”

Posted October 13, 2021
“Repent and believe the Good News!”

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” Mark 1:14-15

In the Gospel of Matthew, John the Baptist preaches a message of repentance. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” John points the people to the eventual coming of Jesus, assuring them “I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Not long after, as Jesus begins to call His disciples, He echoes the same words that John shared. Jesus comes into Galilee and tells his new followers “The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah, brought the kingdom of heaven down into the very midst of our sinful world! His life, death, and resurrection personify the aforementioned "Good News". But the kingdom of God is not limited to a geographical location. Rather, it is found wherever and whenever God’s people are ruled by Him through their faith in His Son.

So, what does this mean for us today? We look back and reflect on God’s prophetic promises of old, all of which find their “yes” in Jesus, and we look to the future with expectant hope of His triumphant return. But we must not forget that the kingdom of heaven is near! “The time has come”- today is the day!

Are your eyes and heart open to see how Jesus is breaking into your life right this very moment? Are you ready to take up your cross and follow Him anywhere? The time has come. Listen. Repent. Believe. The Holy Spirit is working in your heart right now. Jesus has called you in Baptism, and He is calling you again, by name, with each new day. “Repent and believe the Good News!”

Kelsey Tichenor

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