Jesus’ First Message

We continue our 40-day journey deeeep into the of Jesus.

Here we discussed Jesus’ first words. Here we talked about Jesus’ first miracle.

Today’s topic? Jesus’ first message.

It was only eight words.  Here it is:

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. (Matthew 4:17)

Interestingly, Jesus’ cousin John the Baptist started his ministry with those exact same words. (Matthew 3:2)

So, what exactly did Jesus and John mean? Today, we’ll look at the first word. Tomorrow we’ll look at the other seven.

Ashes to Ashes

Dust you are and to dust you will return.
(Genesis 3:19)

Repent and believe the good news!
(Mark 1:15)

Today Christians all over the world are observing Ash Wednesday.

What Exactly Is Ash Wednesday?

Traditionally, Ash Wednesday is a day of intense repentance and reflection that kicks off the Lent Season. Many gather in churches to receive the sign of the cross on their foreheads in ashes (typically from palm leaves burned after the prior year’s Palm Sunday service).

Ashes represent sorrow for sinning — or “missing the mark” on how God wants His people to live.

Jesus on Repentance

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We’re in the midst of a series entitled JESUS ON EVERYTHING, where we’re looking at what Jesus said on a wide variety of subjects with a minimum of commentary from me.

Today’s topic? REPENTANCE. Below is a greatest hits collection of Jesus’ words on that subject.

Jesus kicked off his ministry with this message:

Repent and Believe

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Jesus kicked off his public ministry with today’s featured command:

Repent and believe in the good news!

(Mark 1:15; Matthew 4:17) (HCSB)

Let’s break it down a bit …

Ultimate Authority

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It’s Jesus’ final week on this planet. Even though the religious leaders were plotting to kill him, Jesus went to the temple courts and started teaching the people. That didn’t exactly sit well with the leaders:

Repent or Perish

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Some religious people of Jesus’ day believed that calamities were the result of God’s disfavor. Jesus addressed that notion head-on by discussing two major events: (1) the massacre by the Romans of Galileans who had come to Jerusalem to worship and (2) the collapse of a tower in Siloam that killed eighteen people:

Repent! (Please.)

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Here’s today’s rather sobering selection:

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

(Matthew 11:20-24)

Yikes.