11th January 2016 Repent and Believe the Gospel

 

Mark 1:14 – 20 “After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the gospel from God saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.’ As he was walking along by the Lake of Galilee he saw Simon and Simon’s brother Andrew casting a net in the lake — for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Come after me and I will make you into fishers of people.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending the nets. At once he called them and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.”

Romans 13:8 – 10 “The only thing you should owe to anyone is love for one another, for to love the other person is to fulfil the law. All these: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and all the other commandments that there are, are summed up in this single phrase: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love can cause no harm to your neighbour, and so love is the fulfilment of the Law.”

James 1:19 – 22 “Remember this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to human anger; God’s saving justice is never served by human anger; so do away with all impurities and remnants of evil. Humbly welcome the Word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. But you must do what the Word tells you and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves.”

1 Peter 1:17 – 19 “And if you address as Father him who judges without favouritism according to each individual’s deeds, live out the time of your exile here in reverent awe. For you know that the price of your ransom from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors was paid, not in anything perishable like silver or gold, but in precious blood as of a blameless and spotless lamb, Christ.”

We live in a world filled with bad news everyday, of disasters, warfare, crimes, tragedies and scandals. Even in our own personal lives we struggle with being at peace with ourselves, our families, friends and people, and with God. This disorder is the result of personal sins and living in a broken world. We cannot save ourselves, only God can save us if we accept God’s Salvation by repenting of our sins and believing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When our Lord Jesus began His public proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, He had to deal with the tragedy of the unjust arrest of a relative and friend, St. John the Baptist, who lived a good and holy life but was martyred for speaking the truth and upholding God’s Law. For the lives of Prophets, Apostles and Saints include persecution, often to the point of death. Our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Humanity grieved over tragedies affecting His friends and over people because in His Divinity His love for all was perfect. In this instance we see the Son of God, Jesus Christ, showing us that in the midst of bad news the Good News of God’s Kingdom still has to be lived and preached. He started to invite ordinary people who struggle with sin and temptation to be His first disciples, to join Him in His mission, to live with Him in community, to learn from Him and to witness first-hand the signs He would work to the glory of His Heavenly Father. The Lord offers salvation to all humanity. We need to always draw strength from the Love of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit to love perfectly.

 

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