… and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luke 24:47 (NIV)
Everyone has to come from somewhere, and most archaeologists believe the first peoples of Canada migrated to western North America from east Asia sometime between 21,000 and 10,000 B.C., back when the two continents were connected by a massive land bridge known as the Bering Plain. In the centuries that followed, these peoples spread all across the lands that now comprise Canada and the United States, forming hundreds of distinct settlement communities across the vast landscape. Though population estimates vary wildly, the first inhabitants of North America likely numbered in the millions.
I love getting reports from Eastern Europe about people who have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Here in Canada, we might describe it as “receiving Christ” or “giving my life to Jesus.” But in Eastern Europe, we always get reports about someone repenting. When we read that we know they have become followers of Christ. I love the fact that term is used. Repentance is necessary for a person to come to faith in Jesus. The Lord Himself says this in Luke 24:47: “and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” When the Gospel is preached, there must always be a call to turn our backs on our sin and place our face toward Jesus. It is in recognizing our sin that we also recognize our need for a Saviour. And the only One who is the Saviour is Jesus. People from every nation, tribe and language will recognize Him and turn to Him. We see that happening like never before in the history of the world. Join them. Repent of your sin and turn in faith to Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.