John the Baptist “prepared the way of the Lord” by “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:3-4). We might say that for Israel to be ready to reach their Messiah, they need to prepare themselves through open and public repentance. For far too long, Israel had rebelled against God. About 500 years before, God accursed Israel of dishonoring and despising the name of God through a worship that was “polluted, profane” (Malachi 1:6, 12). Repentance was the only option for correcting their condition.
As Jesus walks into the world scene, conditions were just the same. There were a handful of persons who repented and were waiting for Him, but the general conditions of Israel were the same. In Mark 1:14-15, “Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God and saying, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Approximately three and a half years later, and fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came and filled all those who were waiting to be His “witnesses” for making disciples. Through Him, Peter preached a powerful message that Jesus, whom they had crucified, was “both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). Those who heard were “cut to the heart and said to Peter…what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you”” (2:37-38).
The solution to any sinful condition has not changed. Whether it is the world without Christ or the Church that has wandered from the truth of Scripture, the answer is the same; REPENT!
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