What does the street sign “Dead End” really mean? Of course, it designates a street that just ends, and requires drivers to turn around. One form of a dead-end street is a cul-de-sac, where drivers can reverse direction by driving in a loop.

He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3).

As John the Baptist ministered, he offered his converts a chance to turn around as they accepted new life in God.

Some misunderstand repentance as remorse or sorrow for their offenses. Really, it’s more about turning around and going in a new direction. Most believers, at some point, have wandered away from strict obedience to God’s commands. In those times, what is needed is a swift turning around and returning to Him. In a way, it’s like turning around in a cul-de-sac. It’s literally a choice to abandon a path that leads to death and turn to one that leads to life and a future.

Thought for Today: Repentance and turning back to God frees us to accept His new challenges.

Quicklook: Luke 3:3–6

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