There were a series of events which took placed before Jesus began his earthly ministry. Since the prophets of the Old Testament wrote about these specific details, Jesus waited patiently until this day arrived. Following his baptism, John’s imprisonment and move to the Land of Zebulun and Naphtali, everything was set for Jesus to put God’s plan into action.
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near,” Matthew 4:17.
According to the verse above, Jesus’ message was clear, repent for the kingdom of God is near. To avoid over kill, Matthew writes this statement once as a simple reminder, from that time on. Whether Jesus was addressing a large crowd, a small group or speaking one on one, repentance played a crucial role. This term refers to turning 180 degrees away from addiction, bad habits and unwholesome desires toward the grace and mercy of God.
|For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost, Luke 19:10|
During a public conversation heard by several eyewitnesses, Jesus makes a remarkable admission. Prior to meeting with a repentant tax collector, Jesus reveals his purpose for coming down to earth. The statement above refers to seeking and saving that which Adam lost in the Garden of Eden. This is two fold: the authority stolen by Satan and intimacy which Adam and Eve shared with God, walking and talking together day. If you ever lose your way, don’t forget Jesus’ simply message: repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.
by Jay Mankus