31 December 2015

Coming Into View: Kingdom Series P.1

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: 
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness; 
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’ ” 
“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” 
- Matthew 3: 1-3, 8

What does it mean to repent?

To turn away from doing wrong, feel remorse for that wrong, and begin doing right.

From that time on Yeshua began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 
Yeshua went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 
- Matthew 4: 17, 23

What, how, where and who is the kingdom of heaven?

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. 
- Matthew 5: 3, 10, 14-16, 20

Just like anyone with any sense would desire a guest to take off their dirty shoes prior to entering their home, so does God demand people to remove (repent) that which is not good to enter His dwelling.

Repentance is a part of turning from one's attempt at life and seeking the Life which God is calling you to live.

Repentance is a daily notion on the Way to eternity.

Think of an onion, and how the hard out layers are removed to get to what is enjoyable, putting off and discarding that which has hurt you, others and is problematic.

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