In the book of Matthew, it starts out with John the Baptist preaching to the people saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
In the fourth chapter Jesus begins to preach to the people and he says, ” Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
I used to read this as God yelling at the people who are now walking in a great deal of sin to turn from their sin. But I don’t believe that was the case.
It was as though for 400 years God was silent to the people of Israel. They had not had a prophet or anybody help them in their walk with God. And even at this time they were now under the rule of the Roman empire. The people were not in great sin, the people had lost hope.
John the Baptist and Jesus were commanding the people to change their thinking as far as hopelessness goes. Repent is a word that means turn and walk the other way. The hopelessness in Israel was tremendous, but the commandment from John and Jesus was a commandment of hope!
Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand! Turn from your thinking of hopelessness and see at the Kingdom of God is here and the Son of God is here! Be filled with hope! This is a powerful commandment that excited the people again and drove them to the Father! This hope gave life to an entire nation that felt alone and possibly abandoned by God.
I say this today and I pray that all of us say this today, Repent, for the kingdom of God is here and the Son of God is here! The Son of God and the Kingdom of God or not for the future they are right now! All that you need is in you! Jesus is in your heart right now! He is our hope, He is our life.
In any and every situation where we may feel hopeless, let’s repent, because God who is faithful gives us hope! The Bible says He works all things together for good. If any situation in our lives are not good, it is because God is not done working.
May each one of you be blessed knowing that the kingdom of God is here. Seek his kingdom! Go to him in prayer and learn what this means. For we are the only people on this planet with true hope and our hope is in the one who created this world!
May God Bless each of you!