The Kingdom is at Hand

Posted: July 9, 2016 in Journals

​From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

Heaven’s within man’s reach, for the first time in all of history. A first, a breakthrough, in man’s story. God before was that eternal, Almighty God you have to approach through rituals and sacrifices and curtain boundaries with a continuous plea for mercy, for Him to spare you from punishment.

But now the curtain was torn, the boundary crossed for good by Christ, our Mediator. And now the once unapproachable, Holy God became the gracious, saving, still-Holy God. He showered to the fullest His salvation upon us, people who least deserve it. His just demands being met by His own Son on our behalf. On /my/ behalf. The immortal, invisible God stays immortal and invisible, but now He has also become a Friend, a Savior, a loving Father. All you need to do now, to approach this gracious God, is to repent. The kingdom is at hand. Forsake your sins, and live in viee of eternity.

Let me live my entire life, its every aspect, in view of this, Lord. Hear me.

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