Gospel always starts with repentance
Because the Gospel always meets us where we are – we are sinners in need of a saviour. That saviour God provided for us in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This same Jesus Christ who identified with humanities sin as He was baptised by John in a baptism of repentance. And He freely offers us the gift of salvation today for all who believe.
Repentance is also a turning from our sin, and a turning to God. It’s saying “God, I don’t want to go where I was heading – to death and destruction – instead I want to go your way.”
Forgiveness is an
understated aspect of the Christian Life. We are forgiven. We no longer have to
live with the weight of sin hanging around our necks. We can live in the Hope
that comes from being forgiven through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15
Harbouring un-forgiveness towards other people for what they’ve done towards us is not healthy for us, because it’s not healthy for our relationship with God. Because we have been forgiven, we can forgive others. That is applying the freedom we have in the Gospel.
And so what is our response to God’s call to repentance?
On Sunday we were all encouraged to respond:
Repent today of your sin, receive God’s forgiveness bought by His son, and be empowered for your ministry of Hope.