PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 3:1-6
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 3:2)
The word ‘repent’ literally means a change of mind or thinking.
Change the way you are thinking about God, life, the world, what matters most, etc.
John calls for this radical rethink because the kingdom of the heavens (God) is near.
That is, the God that rules over everything is about to show up.
If you knew for sure that God was going to show up today, what would you change?
Would you re-evaluate how you live, what your priorities are, and what you are doing?
John quotes Isaiah to describe what he is doing: preparing the way for God’s coming.
Getting rid of the barriers and hindrances that stand between God and the people.
So what are the things in my life that stand in the way between me and God.
Jesus is how God appears, and he turns the whole world upside down (or right-side up).
He challenges the status quo, he prioritizes the weak, the lowly, the needy, the oppressed.
He also corrects peoples’ ideas about God; he is a loving Father, not an angry judge.
He makes it clear that God’s priority is gracious love, and that ours should be too.
If Jesus were to come today, how might you rethink your life, and change your ways?
Lord, thank you that John is still preparing the way for you in our lives. Help me to not just urge others to rethink, help me to rethink myself, and remove the barriers that stand between me and you and God!