Prepare the Way of the Lord
Consider the ministry of John the Baptist. He came as "the voice of one calling out in the desert, prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight paths for Him."
* His message was simple and it was blunt. "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near."
* His baptism was straight to the point. "I baptism you with water for repentance."
* He minced no words with the crowds. "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance."
* He cleared out sin and made room for the King by preaching his sermon. "Repent"
The Hebrew word for repent means "to turn or to turn back".
Over and over again the prophets proclaimed "Turn back to God and He will turn back to you."
Turn away from your sins and turn back to God and He will turn away from His anger and turn back to you.
Repentance was not only the theme of the Hebrew prophets, it was the foundation of Jesus' own message.
* "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good News."
* "Unless you repent, you too will all perish."
The heart of the Great Commission is repentance.
* "Repentance and forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
It was the key to Peter's preaching.
* "Repent and be baptized, every one of you."
It was the essence of Paul the apostles gospel.
* "God calls every man everywhere to repent."
Without repentance and faith, no one can be saved.
Repentance means a spiritual revolution;
*the strong holds of sin are demolished.
*life time bondage's are overcome
*hardened hearts break open
*Satan's grip is undone
*Repentance sets the prisoners free.
How often have we heard or felt that we could have Jesus as our Savior without having Him as our Lord.
In other words you can believe today and repent tomorrow.
But the Bible does not teach that.
* There is no forgiveness where there is no repentance.
19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins ...
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