Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Gospel of Life

"From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Matt 4.17

Jesus proclaimed this Gospel through the country. It was his first message after his baptism. While this seems simple, Jesus started down the road to the cross and in these words contains the greatness of his ministry. Jesus tells us to repent or to turn away from the direction we are going. Then he says to follow him. Why? Because the Kingdom is at hand. The Kingdom of love, the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of Heaven is closer than we think. Closer than our blind chasing of control, self and loneliness. We can follow to grand adventure of love, and we do not have continue do the predicable road. It is surprising to me how many times the Christian life characterized as boring, when the New Testament fills us stories of extraordinary men and woman.

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