As we read Mark 1:14-15 we see the controversy of calling people to repent. This is something that has rung true throughout the Bible and history. People don’t want to be told they’re wrong, need to change, and submit to a new authority. We would much rather rebel. So, what is the just thing for God to do when people are doing wrong?
God chose to not pursue the fairness route. Fair is hell. Instead God fought for the relationship in sending people to call for the change. What we see in the call for repentance is not God waiting with a 2x4, but God fighting for a relationship with us. He is pursing reconciliation. If God sought to bring back fairness and justice, we would be in deep trouble.
The good life
The kingdom of God is the ultimate good life. To be at hand, the scales of justice need to be balanced. This is the big point about Jesus and the Christma season. Jesus balances the scales of justice so we may enjoy the good life in his kingdom. The call to repentance is a call to a better life, not a worse one.
Jesus is giving humanity a second chance. He sees the evil, suffering, and heartache. It does not have to be that way. In calling for people to repent and beleive the Gospel Jesus is giving all of us a second chance. God did not leave us along, but he showed up. He arrived and fought to make things right between himself and us.