Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jesus said it’s all about repentance

Many say that the primary message of Jesus when He ministered on this earth was love. No doubt about it, Jesus spoke a lot about love and demonstrated pure love. However, the primary spoken message of Jesus was really repentance. Yes, repentance.

Scripture even makes a very clear point of this reality:
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Matt. 4:17
In fact, Jesus’ the whole Sermon on the Mount is a cry for repentance. This all starts to become clear when we see that the word “repentance” as used in the Greek means to “to change one’s mind for the better, to think differently, and to allow this new way of thinking to thoroughly change one’s actions and lifestyle.”

So, Jesus taught that it was time to stop doing things the same way. It was time to repent. It was time to think and act differently. It was time to do it God’s way. And it is now possible to do it God’s way because Christ has brought the kingdom; He has conquered sin and death. His grace now gives us all we need for life and godliness.

Are you living a life of repentance? Are you thinking differently? A great litmus test is the Sermon on the Mount. Does this describe your thinking and your life?

3 comments:

Las Vegas Christian Examiner said...

This was a good one in fact this is what I'm writing about next too. God bless.

Eric Jones said...

Wonderful. Feel free to quote it. Also, send me a link to your article when you post it. God bless.

LV Christian Examiner said...

I just now saw this comment. I already wrote that article a few days ago...
I put the link below...
I had to somehow tie it in with Yom Kippur since they wanted all the religion writers to write about it...but it talks about repentence a few paragraphs down...
God bless...