Repentance is a safe and beautiful thing because of Jesus Christ. How safe do you then think repentance is? Jesus Christ, the sovereign Lord of the universe, left his royal status, set it aside, and came and lived a perfect life and died a perfect sacrificial substitutionary death on your behalf. (Philippians 2:6-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21)The God of all creation secured it. He bought it! Repentance is safe friends. You don’t have to hide. You don’t have to cover up. God knows anyway. (Acts 11:18)
Lay down your arms, and come to Jesus for forgiveness and new life. And then keep coming to him all the days of your life. Everyday!!! (Mark 1:15)
Being a good repenter is worth more than all the treasure in the world because Jesus is worth more than all the treasure in the world. (Philippians 3:8)
Repentance in a lot of ways is simply agreeing with Jesus’ assessment of things and disagreeing with your old assessment. It’s agreeing that your sins before God deserve death and hell and punishment. And agreeing and understanding that Jesus took the punishment for those sins. Then setting your affections, your new ones, on new things, not the sins that Jesus died for but the things he wants you to live for.
So you see, being a good repenter is simply agreeing with Jesus. It’s not being at odds with him. It’s not butting heads with him. It’s saying ‘yes Jesus you are right and I am wrong’. Take me, make me and mold me Jesus. I am yours. Do with me as you will. This is Christian life. From its inception. From becoming a Christian. To growing in Christ and walking with Him all the days of your life. It is why reformers of old have often said that all of life is repentance. Because it is.
Two cannot be united and walk together unless they are in agreement. You want to come to Jesus and have all that God is for you in Christ, you must come to him on his terms, not your own.
Jesus is Lord, not you. And lest you think his terms are grievous, remember he died for you on a bloody cross. Took all of God’s wrath. For you and for God, Jesus did this. Gods love for his people and the intra-trinitarian love of God for himself met at the cross. Justice and love. He did it all for his glory and God's people get all the benefits. How glorious is that!
And yet, lest you think following Christ is just a walk through the park. Think again. I said repentance it is safe, not easy. Lest you think that it is just a life of crepé suzettes and Cadillacs. No suffering, hardships, nor striving, remember that he has said in so many ways, in and through his lips and through the lips of his apostles; that to have Christ, to be in him, to be under his care and protection, means that we also must pick up our cross and follow him. (Luke 9:23)
A servant is not above his master, how they treated Jesus they will treat us (Matthew 10:24). All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12) That even as it has been granted to us to believe it has also been granted to us to suffer (Philippians 1:29). We are heirs provided we also suffer with him (Romans 8:17). Are just a few verses I can think of off the top of my head that point to this.
So yes the call to Jesus is not easy but it is also not grievous. God moved heaven and earth to save his people. Yes, the Holy Spirit empowers us in every way to live the Christian life. But we still have to live it. We will experience hardships as our Christ given kingdom values come up against the worlds values.
Yet, underneath it all and through it all, know that, no matter what, the most this world can do is try to shame you ridicule you or even possibly hurt you, and kill you but they cannot ever, take you away from Christ. Christ follower, your reward is great. Life is short. Eternity is a really long time. Store up for yourself treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy.
Do you agree with that? I hope you do. Be a good repenter. It’s not an easy thing. But it’s the best thing. It’s the safest, most dangerous, joy filled, sorrow producing, glorious thing ever. It’s easy but yet not easy. It’s hard and yet one born again by the power of the Holy Spirit how could they do or be anything else. It’s meaning beyond all meaning because one thing the Christian life, the life of repentance cannot be, is meaningless!