We saw Jesus baptized, then tested, and now we see him begin to preach.
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (NIV Matthew 4)
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1 (ESV)
Interestingly, this is exactly what John was preaching as well:
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:2 (NIV)
Let’s break down the words used here:
Repent – G3340 – μετανοέω – metanoeō – met-an-o-eh’-o
From G3326 and G3539; to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider (morally to feel compunction): – repent.
Heaven – G3772 – οὐρανός – ouranos – oo-ran-os’
Perhaps from the same as G3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity): – air, heaven ([-ly]), sky.
We see Jesus repeat this again:
7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Mat 10 AMP)
and heal those in it who are sick [authenticating your message], and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’10 But whatever city you enter and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you [breaking all ties]; yet understand this, that the kingdom of God has come near [and you rejected it].’ (Luke 10)
47 and that repentance [necessary] for forgiveness of sins would be preached in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (Luke 24)
He preached repentance and the kingdom of Heaven is near. He told those around him to preach and to say the kingdom of Heaven is at hand and the kingdom of God has come near. Have you heard this message preach before?
Here is a good article explore what the Kingdom of Heaven/God is. It seems something worth figuring out because as the author points out, “This expression is found in sixty-one separate sayings in the Synoptic Gospels. Counting parallels to these passages, the expression occurs over eighty-five times.”
Here’s another interesting teaching on the Kingdom of God as well. This one could blow your mind, at the very least make you stop and think.
We will touch a few more times on the Kingdom of Heaven, so let’s just let this set here for a bit. Take in the article and the teaching reference above. We’ll see what we discover as we travel along.
One thing I take from this, we need to be preaching, we need to preach repent and the Kingdom of Heaven/God is near.