Read: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3
Marked: Matthew 3:1-2, In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
From the earliest days of Jesus the word went out to people to repent. Repent means, to change one’s mind, to turn from sin back to God, to think differently.
Later Matthew writes, “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33). Paul wrote, saying, “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17).
So, the kingdom of God is not like the world. It’s not about finding pleasure as the world seeks it, but receiving from God what the world is not able to give.