Greetings In The Name of the Lord:
Mark 1:14-15 (NLT)
14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
Not too many years ago newspapers carried the story of Al Johnson, a Kansas man who repented, who came to faith in Jesus Christ. What made his story so remarkable was not his conversion, but the fact that as a result of his newfound faith in Christ, he confessed to a bank robbery he had participated in when he was nineteen years old. Because the statute of limitations on the case had run out, Johnson could not be prosecuted for the offense. But because of his complete and total change of heart, he not only confessed his crime, he voluntarily repaid his share of the stolen money! That’s repentance – radical reconstruction of the heart. Of all the decorations you have, this one is the most important of them all. It’s invisible, because it first takes place in your heart. The Holy Spirit changes you through the Word, and through baptism. It’s visible, because you become empowered to show your repentance in your life – just like that former bank robber. And unlike our other Christmas decorations, repentance is something that you and I will leave up all year round (Today in the Word, April, 1989, 13). During this season of Advent, the time of his coming, let’s remember that Jesus didn’t just come to be born, rather he came to die for us. We need to take some time of reflection and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the areas in our lives in which we need to repent. Let us not just prepare for Christmas, but rather let us prepare our hearts to meet Jesus!