14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Mark 1:14-15 (King James Version)
Before I go further, please be assured I wasn’t standing in Downtown Newark wearing a sign warning about the end. No, I went to work like everyone else this morning.
Tonight’s post is an interesting one. Here we see Jesus at the start of his ministry. After being baptized by John the Baptist, and being tempted in the wilderness, Jesus-upon returning to civilization-begins to preach the gospel of the King/Queendom of God. What makes this post interesting is the fact that John the Baptist is now in prison thanks to Herod. With John behind bars, it’s as if now the mantle of preaching is on Jesus.
Jesus is preaching a simple, yet powerful message which is in tonight’s text. A more modern translation would read:
It’s time! The kingdom of God is near! Seek forgiveness, change your actions, and believe this good news! (VOICE Translation)
I believe that Jesus was not preaching about some apocalyptic “kingdom” as some may think. No. I think Jesus was telling the people back then (and us today) that the Kingdom/Queendom of God is very close, if not here and now. That now is the accepted time to seek forgiveness for one’s mess; to change and listen to the good news of God’s love. The Greek word, metanoia is commonly used when talking repentance (variation on “repent”); which means “a change of mind.”
Now what does this all mean? Glad you asked. IMHO, the Kingdom of God is here and now; it’s within us (ref: Luke 17:21). We need to have a change of mind (an inside-out) change; a radical spiritual transformation) in order to comprehend the Queendom. We must seek the forgiveness that is free in the Kingdom. You see, our sins-our living below our God-given potential keep us from understanding the fullness of the Queendom, since our sins are eg0-driven drama from within. An inside-out change of mind (heart) that will embrace the forgiveness offered by God to empower us to live the Kingdom fully and freely as Jesus did. Only through repentance can we embrace the Queendom of God as Jesus did. And once we embrace the Kingdom of God, then we can live and be Jesus ourselves; and thus transform our world.
Repent for Lent? Just look at it as a change of mind that we need to ponder.
Prayer: Father/Mother God, open our ears to hear the eternal message of repentance. To heed to call of Jesus to change our minds from the garbage of ego living, embrace your free forgiveness, and to live higher in You. Help us to flesh out your Kingdom/Queendom here and now on Earth as Jesus did in his day. In Your Name, Amen.