Reflections: Before recalling the words of the Prophet Isaiah, Matthew employs this word ‘repent.’ Typically, modern readers associate this word with feelings of shame, sorrow or even regret. However, we would do well to remember that our Bibles are translations. Reliable translations of ancient languages, spoken by ancient people, within an ancient context. Digging a little deeper into that context we happen across a more useful and exposing word in the Greek: ‘metanoia’. This word means to undergo a transformation so powerful, that a return to old ways is almost impossible. This possibility, of irrevocable transformation, sits firmly at the beginning of the New Testament and gives the reader a clue as the true purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It anticipates the work of the Holy Spirit to come and reveals the Father’s divine plan for the restoration and renewal for humanity. We’ll be spending the next couple of weeks exploring God’s divine Word and discovering just what it might mean to undergo and embrace the transformation of God. So that we may never be the same!
Question: What difference might this call to repentance make in your life if you understood it as something that transforms you so radically, that your life would never look the same again?
Prayer: God, thank you for your Word, and for the hands that brought it through time and history into my own language. I am so grateful that I’m able to take time to understand a little more of what kingdom transformation looks like and how it can change my life and the lives of others. Amen.