Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15
Remember a few days ago that I said the journey would begin in Galilee? When the “Forerunner” was arrested, Jesus began his ministry in Galilee. It is there where much of his serving and teaching will occur.
Look at Jesus’ message. Like the Law and the Prophets, John was pointing to the time of the coming of the Messiah. Jesus is declaring that that time is now here. And like John, Jesus calls the people to “repent.” This statement must be an essential component of Jesus’ purpose.
The Greek word for repent is μετανοέω (metanoeó) which means to change one’s mind or the inner being, particularly concerning the acceptance of the will of God. Jesus calls people to realign their lives and accept God’s will for them! Jesus is the vehicle for this repentance because it is God’s will for them.
One final note: today is the Feast of the Epiphany. This day is set aside to remember the revelation of the Christ to the gentiles personified by the Magi. Let us remember that Jesus Christ made himself known not only to the insiders, but to those who could be considered outsiders.
Just like our cars periodically need alignment to keep us on straight paths, our hearts need realignment. Let us take this time in a New Year to be straightened. For in each day, the completion of the Kingdom of God is closer and closer.
I pray in the name of the Lamb. Amen!