Saw a bumper sticker, Give Jesus a chance, He died for the opportunity. Sounds good, but that is not the gospel. Jesus doesn’t need your permission to be King. He is the sovereign Lord over all. We don’t make Him Lord of our lives. He is Lord of our lives. The question is what will you do with Him? Will you surrender or continue to strive to be your own god?
What we are missing in our culture is the true proclamation of the gospel which comes along with all the authority of Jesus Christ. It all belongs to Him. He is not just another god. He calls us to repent and believe.
Matthew 3 is telling you something very seriously. The ax has already fallen. It is in the root of the tree. The ax is in full swing. The warning is of imminent judgment that is sure to come. Repent!
God’s call to repentance is laid out all throughout the scripture. The call is linked to the promise of God’s help, mercy and forgiveness.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. 26 “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).