Jesus Call for Repentance
Jesus calls people to repentance but also offers abundant life. In the gospel lesson, Jesus compares Himself to John the Baptist and notes that people rejected both the asceticism of John and the full embrace of “eating and drinking” that Jesus offered. He says His miracles were offered to invite people to repentance. Then he notes that if people just accept Him, they will experience both peace and grace. Paul reaffirms that we struggle with sin, even after we have accepted God’s forgiveness, but that God’s Spirit is working to reclaim our lives from sin.