The Way That You Do Not Know

Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.

That declaration by Jesus, in varying forms, echoes throughout the Gospels. It heralds the advent of a new kind of kingdom and, by implication, the arrival of a new kind of king, one from heaven no less. The saying is tinged with a kind of existential urgency: this new kingdom will bring about more than a shift in administration, a switching of national flags, or a change in taxation policies. It is something that will affect you—your identity, your purpose, your very being, in fact. It is a new reality that demands repentance from you.