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“ ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’ ” Mark 9:15 NIV
The people of Jesus’ day were familiar with the concept of God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom referred to God’s reign or His rule over all things. They knew that God was the sovereign ruler over all things, and yet they also knew that God had allowed His people to come under the rule of other nations. They knew from the prophets that this was part of God’s rule: that God had allowed this to happen because of their own sin and idolatry. But they also knew that one day God would deliver them from all their enemies, and that He would rule all the nations with perfect justice and righteousness. Now Jesus says that the time had come, that the kingdom of God was near. This was good news! This is what they had been waiting for. This is what all the Old Testament promises pointed to. Jesus announced that the time had come. Jesus also announced: “Repent and believe the good news!” The word “repent” means to turn away from our sins, but it also means to turn back to God. It is a radical change, a new mindset, a new attitude towards God. Jesus says, “Repent, be changed from your old way of life, and believe the good news”. “To believe” means “to trust” or “have faith”, and, in Scripture, repentance and faith always go together. We cannot repent without believing, and we cannot believe without repenting. True repentance is “believing repentance” and true faith is “repentant faith”. Do you believe that the time has come? Repent and believe the good news!
Lord Jesus, I believe the time has come to repent and believe.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Lord Jesus, You have said, “Repent, be changed from your old way of life, and believe the good news”. Today, I repent of my sin, turning my back on my old way of life, accepting the Good News of You dying for my sin and setting me free. AMEN
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