Today is the fifth day of the Lent season. In today's scripture Matthew 4:17 tells us that Jesus began to preach. Jesus began his ministry with saying: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." The word REPENT means that you are sorry for the bad things that you did, and you are going to turn away from doing bad and start doing good things.
Jesus starts his preaching by telling people that they need to repent. Then Jesus ENCOURAGESus with His words that "the Kingdom of God is near." You will discover during the study of Jesus' life that later Jesus explains to His followers that God has a plan to save His people. Jesus was sent by His Father God to REDEEM His people when they REPENT.
After learning what Repent means click on the picture of Jesus on the Cross to understand how you can be Redeemed
What does it mean to repent?
Repentance is a change of heart that causes your mind to change, and that results in a change of life. Jesus told a story about a man who had two sons. He said to the first, "Go, work today in my vineyard." The first son said he would not work in his dad’s vineyard, but Jesus said he later repented and went. What did this boy do when he repented? He simply changed his mind. God wants us to change our minds about sin and our participation in it. That’s what the Bible is talking about in commanding all men to repent.
Repentance is a necessary part in becoming a Christian and in living the Christian life. Jesus said in Luke 13:3, "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." God wants all who have sinned to repent. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9.)
All Christians have repented of their sins. However, not all who have repented are Christians. Saul of Tarsus is a Bible example of one who believed on Jesus and was a penitent (Acts chapters 9, 22 and 26). God sent Ananias to instruct Saul. Ananias said, "And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16.) Although Saul had repented of his sins, he needed to be baptized into the death of Christ where the cleansing blood was shed and in this God-ordained way wash away his sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Thank you God for sending Jesus to Redeem us when we repent for the bad things that we do and say. Thank you for the Encouraging Words that Jesus preached when He lived on Earth. Help me to understand the lessons from the Bible so that I will know Your ways and can walk as a child of the King of Kings. Amen.
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.[b]
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Psalm 32:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
Psalm 32:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 7.
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 7:23
23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.
12 "When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee.
13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—
14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”[a]
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Matthew 4:16 Isaiah 9:1,2
The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com