The Place To Begin

And so John got here, baptizing within the desert area and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Mark 1:4

John introduced this nice phrase: that repentance is the way in which individuals come to God, and the result’s the forgiveness of sins. The best blessing individuals can expertise is to have their sins forgiven. That is what the individuals who streamed out of Jerusalem to hearken to John had been on the lookout for, and that is what they discovered. They discovered forgiveness of sins, and it got here by the use of repentance.

That’s the reason the prophet Isaiah stated John’s message can be like a fantastic bulldozer, constructing a freeway within the desert for God to succeed in the remoted stranger within the midst of the wilderness. With out a street you can not drive out into the desert to be able to assist any individual. You have to have a street, a freeway within the desert. John was God’s bulldozer to construct that freeway. You understand how roads are constructed—precisely as Isaiah describes in chapter 40: Each valley shall be raised up, each mountain and hill made low; the tough floor shall grow to be degree, the rugged locations a plain (Isaiah 40:4). That’s what repentance does. It brings down all of the excessive peaks of pleasure that we stand on and refuse to confess are mistaken. It takes the depressed areas of our life, the place we beat and torture and punish ourselves, and lifts them up. It takes the crooked locations, the place we now have lied and deceived, and straightens them out. And it makes the tough locations plain. Then God is there at that occasion of repentance.

John introduced individuals to Christ the one approach they’ll come—by way of acknowledgment of guilt. When individuals come this manner, God meets them, cleanses them, and forgives them. John demonstrated that by the baptism he carried out. However there’s a larger baptism—that of the Holy Spirit. And on the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit of God got here, Peter stood up and provided individuals two issues: forgiveness of sins and the promise of the Spirit. From that point on, God has made these items out there to any man or lady who will start originally—the place of repentance.

Have you ever ever repented? Have you ever ever modified your thoughts, stopped defending your self and making an attempt accountable all the pieces on others, and stated, No, Lord, nobody else is accountable, solely I. That is the way in which I’m—and I need assistance? That’s the place God will meet you. He all the time meets people at that time, washes away guilt, cleanses, forgives. That’s the place you’ll discover forgiveness of sins. When you’ve got by no means repented earlier than, I urge you to take action now. God will meet you proper there. Within the quiet of your individual coronary heart, the place God alone hears, you’ll be able to say to Him, Lord, I repent. Lord, ship me the Holy Spirit by way of Jesus. And He’ll.

Lord, thank You that You promise to fulfill me on this place of repentance. I come to You now on that foundation.

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