IN THOSE DAYS, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made His home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:1-2). From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
After John was arrested by Herod, Jesus moved to Galilee because He might have been next on the list to be arrested. Christ knew His mission well, and it did not include getting arrested prematurely. After moving, He began His mission, preaching His message, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."
Christ's Forerunner, John the Baptist, preached the same message, but he was only able to tell people that this Kingdom was coming, he could not show it. John was the lamp for the light, Christ is the Light. John knew about the Kingdom, Christ brought it to us.
The entrance into this Kingdom lies through repentance. Repentance is too big of a word to explain in a few paragraphs. In order to repent, we need to acknowledge that we have a problem and that we are powerless over that problem. Until we do it, we will never repent, and we will never enter into the Kingdom.
No one can tell me that I have to repent, no one can force me to repent. If I do not come to that realization on my own, it does not matter what others tell me. But a few things remain true - we are broken, fallen people, no matter who we are, where we are, or how we are. In order to be unbroken, whole, complete, we need to work. And we need help. We repent to get unbroken. We repent to enter the Kingdom.
Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey - your friendly Singac priest