4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
1:5 The purpose of John’s preaching was to prepare people to accept Jesus as God’s Son. When John challenged the people to confess sin individually, he signaled the start of a new way to relate to God. Is change needed in your life before you can hear and understand Jesus’ message? You have to admit that you need forgiveness before you can accept it. To prepare to receive Christ, repent. Turn away from the world’s dead-end attractions, sinful temptations, and harmful attitudes, and turn to God. He can give you a new start. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV
Repentance is something most of us don’t take serious enough. STOP what you are doing, ask forgiveness and don’t return to doing it again!!! Jesus forgives us when we repent (turn from) of our sins! That is what we all should be doing. Therefore when we do repent we can accept the forgiveness with a clear conscience that we won’t do it again!!! ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS knowing that repentance is us growing closer to God and his love for us. It also is us maturing more in our Christian life and shows others what Jesus can do to even the worst of sinners !!