2016 has been a year that many of us wish could be “reset” and started over. We surely need the Light of the World, Jesus. The years between the end of the Old Testament and the birth of Christ were also a very dark and violent period in history. When Christ arrived, his message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is near.” Hope for our world can only come through Christ’s transformation of individual hearts and lives.
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 4:12-17 (ESV)