Jesus’ first words recorded in the gospels are:
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
“The time is fulfilled . . . Repent, and believe in the gospel”
2. The kingdom of heaven is near (Various translations)
1. The time is fulfilled
2. The kingdom of God is near
4. Believe in the gospel
Repent: feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin (Remorse: deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed).
In His first primary teaching, the Beatitudes, Jesus said:
“Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).
A Greek translation says: “Happy are the mourning ones, for they shall be being consoled” (MT 5:4).
In one of His final teachings, Jesus said: “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25).
The Lord Jesus reveals in these words the key to salvation and knowing God: repentance; mourning over sin and our fallen condition; hating our life.
The Holy Spirit, who is God, convicts the world of sin (John 16:8).
If someone responds and repents, they have the opportunity to find Jesus Christ, the Lord God Almighty.
They will are truly, eternally fortunate. They can be happy, consoled and comforted – and infinitely more – forever.
The Holy Spirit
Jesus revealed and taught about the Holy Spirit as the Helper, the Comforter, four times (John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7).
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and of Jesus Christ.
If someone does what Jesus reveals, they can find eternal life, what humans are created to do: know the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent (John 17:3).
What God offers is unspeakably wonderful: having the Lord God Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, His presence and glory within, in and all around them . . . forever.
Thank you Jesus!