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Session 2

A Royal Celebration

Read: Romans 2:1-24

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee was a huge celebration of her 60 years on the throne. In 2012, London held a four-day extravaganza in her honor. People filled the streets, screaming with excitement and waving flags.

All the celebration over a queen was like a foreshadowing of what will happen when Jesus returns. Psalm 10:16 says Jesus is king forever, and the Bible tells us He is coming again. Can you imagine the celebrating that will take place in Heaven when this happens?

It is through repentance that we change our minds, turn from sin and follow Jesus.

Jesus is the author and provider of salvation. Paul — the author of Romans — had a deep passion for all people to know Jesus’ power. Paul uses the term salvation, which means deliverance, or rescue from the power of sin. In Romans 2:4, we see the word repentance, which means to change your mind. It is through repentance that we change our minds, turn from sin and follow Jesus.

God invites us to put our failures behind us and receive a fresh start with Him. Is there an area of sin you need to turn away from? Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and He will. That is why He died on the cross for you. As we bow to Jesus in repentance and confession, we find forgiveness and can celebrate His return.

Reflect:

  • What's one area of your life where Jesus changed your mind, and as a result, your behavior? How is your life different as a result?
  • Is there an area of sin you need to turn away from?

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