From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:12-17

 

In context:

Jesus Begins His Ministry

12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee; 13 and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned.”

17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:12-17

 

Introduction

In this series we’ve examined the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and now we’re examining the teachings of Jesus throughout the New Testament of the Holy Bible.

In part one of this second part of our examination of the words and teachings of Jesus, entitled “the words of Jesus”, we looked at the first recorded words of Jesus, when he told His parents how He was “about His Father’s business” on this earth at age 12.

And we looked at the last words of Jesus when He commented to the Romans, the Jewish leaders and the Mob, “You do not know what you do”, in humiliating and crucifying Christ- the Sacrificial Lamb of God, and Jesus’ very last words as God incarnate in human flesh, “Father into Your hands I commit My Spirit”.

Now we’re looking at the words and teachings of Jesus starting from Matthew and finishing in the gospel of John.

The gospels (messages of good news) of Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels by theologians because they’re similar in composition, compared to John, who adopts a more spiritual and metaphorical approach to recording the life and teachings of Jesus.

Many theologians argue the Synoptic Gospels have borrowed writings from each other and that they’re derived from another recorded gospel dubbed by theologians “the Q gospel”.

We must be very careful with what we adopt from the methods and paradigms of theologians. Many theologians are quite lost in their faith in Christ, and many so-called Christian theologians espouse heresies.

 

17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:12-17

John the Baptist came preaching “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”.

 

1Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

 

The Preaching of John the Baptist

      1Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

3For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,
“THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!’”

4Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; 6and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; 9and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10“The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

John the Baptist was the prophet called by God, and placed on earth as the forerunner to Jesus.