How well do you know the fundamental message of Jesus of Nazareth?
Good question, Don, but isn’t this obvious? Love, being nice to one another, and all that Sunday School/what I should have learned in kindergarten sort of stuff, right?
Well, I suppose those are all good things and therefore things that Jesus would want to promote, but when Jesus showed up on the scene His message had a bit more of a bite.
After John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, had been thrown into prison, the Bible records Christ’s first sermon. Listen to Matthew’s account: “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” Certainly, it’s brevity would earn high popularity points but its content would not. Now, don’t misunderstand what Jesus was saying. He was not encouraging people to begin a little moral reform, to become better people, to shape up spiritually-speaking. This is not repentance. Rather He commands that we radically reorient the entirety of our lives around the agenda of God- that we recognize our rebellion against the Kingdom of heaven and therefore come in humility to the mercy of the Messiah.
Now let me ask you. Have you come to realize your rebellion against God and declared a unilateral surrender at the feet of the Messiah? This is still Jesus’ message for us today. Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Something to think about from the “Kingdom Perspective”.