Devotions for May 29, 2017

MATTHEW 4:12-17

The Ministry of Jesus Begins
12 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 13 He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali,
beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River,
in Galilee where so many Gentiles live,
16 the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
a light has shined.”[a] 17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[b]”

REPENT

From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry He preached repentance. He preached that we are to turn from our old way of doing life to live the way that He intended. In this passage, Jesus has just spent 40 days in the wilderness; from there He begin to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What significance can be found in the fact that Jesus preached repentance first?

Q: Without repentance, it’s impossible for us to begin our journey with Christ, yet we also see that repentance is a continual, daily act of “picking up your cross and following” Jesus. Is there an area of your life you have yet repented of or surrendered to the Lordship of Christ?

Q: How will your own repentance affect the way you treat others?

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