“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” – Mark 16:15.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The effectiveness of the gospel is in preaching it.
The gospel is the good news. The question is good news about what? It is the good news about the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel is good news that must be preached. Mark 16:15 “… Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”; this is very instructive. Therefore, the gospel must be preached. The word “preach” used in this text was translated from the Greek word “kerusso” which implies to herald, to proclaim. In essence, Jesus’ words to his disciples were for them to herald or proclaim the gospel in all the world. The effectiveness of the gospel will be in preaching the gospel. Paul’s words 1Corinthians 15 reads “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1Corinthians 15:3-4).
The gospel is to be communicated by preaching. The effectiveness of the facts of the gospel (that is, the death, the burial and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ) is in the preaching of it; meaning, not preaching the gospel is withholding the effectiveness of the gospel. Thus, every believer has a responsibility to preach the gospel. Jesus’ words in Mathew’s account about this are also very instructive, it reads “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations…” (Matthew 28:18-19). “Go ye therefore and teach all nations” is an instruction; we are to take initiative, educate, inform and explain his gospel to men. We were not saved to close our mouth; we were saved to preach the same message that saved us to the unsaved. We are saved for the purpose of saving men through the gospel that saved us; we are to herald the good news. It’s not only the duty of the pastor to preach the gospel; every believer has the duty of preaching the gospel. That word “preach” which we have seen in Mark 16:15, from its original word (“kerusso”) imply the duty of a town crier. The town crier heralds, announces, shouts it, makes it available for hearing; in preaching the gospel, the duty of the believer is similar to the duty of a town crier; the believer must preach the gospel. Why then must the gospel be preached? It is because no man can be saved until he hears and believes the gospel of Christ. The Gospel has to be preached and for it to be preached, it means someone heralded the message. God’s commitment to save man is in the preaching of the gospel of Christ. Paul in Romans 1:16 lays more credence to this, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jews first, and also to the Greek”; meaning the saving power of God is within the gospel of Christ preached. Withholding the gospel of Christ is withholding God’s saving power. The message that saves us automatically makes us messengers of that same message. Preach the gospel! Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION:As a believer, you have been tasked to herald the gospel.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for saving me and for giving me the grace to tell others about it, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE:You are God’s representation on earth.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS C41HAPTER 10; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1.