Theme of the Week: Salvation
Bible Verse: “After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news, of God: ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” Mark 1:14-15
Scripture Reading: Mark 1:14-28
Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to be born, although I’m sure glad that they went ahead and decided to make it happen!
In a similar way, our salvation is a gift from God. God makes us alive in Jesus (Ephesians 2:5). As someone has said, we contribute nothing except the sin that made our salvation necessary. From God’s perspective, he gets the ball rolling and does all the work to bring us to him.
But from our perspective, we do a few things. Specifically, Jesus tells us to do two things:
To repent means that we change directions. It means that we turn away from sin and towards Jesus. It means changing our mind, attitude, and actions.
2. Believe the Good News
Jesus says we must also believe the good news about him: that God’s kingdom has come in Jesus, and that he has come to save us from our sins. Belief is more than mental assent. It means putting all of our trust in this good news.
Salvation is simple! All we must do is to repent and believe. We don’t have to earn our salvation. All we must do is come to Jesus, turn away from our sins, and put our trust in him. When we do, he changes everything.
Prayer: Lord, help me to repent of my sins and believe in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Reflection: Have you repented and believed?
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