“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The prophet Isaiah foretold that this Great Light would come.
The Light of the World chose to begin His preaching with one Word… “Repent.”
This word “Repent” means more than just changing your mind or turning away from something…it refers to not only turning from, but also unto something…or rather in this case, Someone.
Jesus Christ spoke of turning from sin and unto Him.
The Word spoke the word which pointed people to Himself.
“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
His purpose was for us to repent unto Him.
Not a select few, or even many, but He came so that all should come unto Him.
2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
After we are saved, our repentance does not end.
Those times when we have strayed away from Him, the same word applies.
He is waiting for us to repent and return unto Him, restoring our fellowship with Him.
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
Our relationship cannot change, but sin in our lives hinders our communion with Him.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.”
If you do not know Him, “Repent”.
If you do know Him, but have strayed away, “Repent”.
Just as He showed us on Calvary, He is waiting with open arms of love.
Waiting for His children to turn unto Him.
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