As we continue to look at these verses in Luke 24, there are other details that stand out as part of our mission in spreading the gospel. Most of us who are involved in mission work and preaching the gospel readily agree with God’s purpose in the suffering of Jesus and the fact that He rose again on the third day. But “repentance?”
Sadly, we are seeing a trend in some segments of Christendom where the mention of “sin” and “repentance” is being left out of messages because ‘they make people uncomfortable.’ Jesus included this important principle of repentance in His ‘eye-opening conversation.’ “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:45–47).
What is “repentance?” It is the change of my mind toward my sin so that I see how violation of God’s holiness is in agreement with how God views my sin. I/we will never have a full or sufficient understanding of how our sin has required judgment, but our repentance is necessary in order to receive forgiveness from God which He freely gives through His Son Jesus.
This is the message the disciples preached and the message we must preach.
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