As He walked this earth, our Lord’s message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” And in all of His preaching, He clearly showed Himself to be the long-awaited King of that declared kingdom. And yet, He had to rebuke the places in which He had taught and worked (Chorazin, Bethsaida, Capernaum), because they would not repent at His teaching (11:20-24). He was met with resistance from the religious leaders of the day who demanded signs from Him (12:38), and who sought to kill Him (12:14). He was even met with unbelief and resistance from His own family (12:46-50), and from the people of His own home-town (13:53-58). The news about Him was greeted by King Herod with misunderstanding and superstition (14:1-2). The multitudes that He fed misunderstood His mission—forcing Him to separate Himself from them because they sought to make Him into their earthly provider (John 6:15). Even His own disciples failed to recognize Him as He walked out to them—thinking that He was a ghost (Matthew 14:26).