17 ¶ From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
17 Verse 17. Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent] See on
. Every preacher commissioned by God to proclaim
salvation to a lost world, begins his work with preaching the
doctrine of repentance. This was the case with all the prophets,
John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, all the apostles, and all their
genuine successors in the Christian ministry. The reasons are
evident in the notes already referred to; and for the explanation
of the word κηρυσσειν, preaching or proclaiming as a herald, see
at the end of chap. 3.