“Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2).
After 400 years of silence from Heaven, a man is sent from God with a message. His name was John, and they called him the Baptizer. His message was singular – “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” Thus does the New Testament begin.
These words were not spoken with a snarl, like we see on many tired and angry pulpit faces these days. No! John’s message was filled with hope and wonder. When he said the word repent, it was not a rebuke — but an invitation. An invitation extended from God Himself, offering His fallen and captive sons and daughters a way out of the darkness.
The word means “to change.”
It signifies the turning from one thing, and unto another. In this case, it is the turning away from the bondage of sin unto the liberty of Christ’s kingdom. Thus John says, “for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” In other words — you can turn from sin to God because His ruling authority has now over-ruled all other claims to your soul.
There is no title, nor deed, nor any papers of authorization clutched in greedy hands, that surpass the unyielding power of the Lord’s decree that you be free.
And free you are, despite all lies to the contrary. Now, you may indeed not be walking in your freedom; but that does not mean it is not yours. It just means you need to repent – that is, you need to change. You can now because the power of God is present to help you.
As Light is immeasurably greater than darkness, so is Jesus far greater than the prince of darkness. And His Kingdom is superior in every way to the kingdom of darkness. There is no law from that dark world that can now do anything but wither like a weed in the blaze of Christ’s royal ruling power.
All satanic decrees have now been overruled, and all tried cases have been overturned. The captives have been released from the dungeons of doom, and restored to their better estates. And this made the Headlines in Heaven!
Now then, what will you do today on Earth? What good turn can you make that demonstrates the present power of Christ’s rule in your heart. What stand can you take that shows openly the defeat of the devil, and the withering weakness of his wicked kingdom?
Oh, prove today to a watching world that the Kingdom of God is at hand! And your life also will make Headlines in Heaven!