The Power of Repentance and Faith
So He (Jesus) departed again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and He remained there. Many came to Him and said, “John never did a sign, but everything John said about this man was true. And many believed in Him there.
John the Baptist preached the message of repentance. He brought to light the fact that people are born into a sinful nature, and we must repent in order to find a right relationship with God. Many heard his message and believed a Messiah was coming that would take away the sin of the world. While John was not the Messiah, he taught about the one coming after him who would be the Son of God.
Jesus went to the place where John had been successful in ministry to reach those who had repented and were looking for Him to come as the Messiah. These were ripe believers who were ready for the harvest of a personal encounter with Jesus. They were already looking for Him and saw that He was everything John had claimed He would be. They had already believed before they actually met Jesus.
Jesus always goes where there is belief. In the fertile ground of faith, He can move among the people and work miracles. He can draw the one who already believes right into the clutches of salvation in order to present them to the heavenly Father. When our hearts are already ripe from repentance, God can do extraordinary things in our lives because we have the faith to believe Him.
Do you need a move of God in your life today? Begin with repentance. Turn from your own way of doing things to the Father by surrendering to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Then, watch for Jesus to come into your situation. I can’t tell you how or when He will move, but I can tell you that He responds to repentance and faith. Just as He crossed the Jordan to get to those who had followed John the Baptist, He will cross the boundaries that limit you from a full encounter with Him. What God’s word says about Him is true, and we have reason to believe today.
Have a blessed day!