The Beautiful Proclamation
January 30, 2014
“As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” (Rom. 10:15) This verse is quoting Isa. 52:7 which tells us what that Good News is: The proclamation of peace (peace between God and mankind), of good tidings (information about deliverance and freedom from the bondage of the evil realm), of salvation (rescue from sin and Hell), and of the sovereignty of God. “Your God reigns!” (Isa. 52:7c) is the reason the entire Gospel can be broadcasted with joy. (v. 8,9) For the Lord will unveil His holy saving power across the earth (v. 10) and the gates of Hell cannot stop Him nor those who walk in Him. (Mt. 16:18 & 28:18 // Luke 10:19)
Therefore, we are to shout to the peoples, “Come out from the bondage, be free of the darkness, and be pure!” (Isa. 49:9 & 52:11) But, “Who has believed our Message, and to whom has the power of the Lord been revealed?” (53:1) To those arrogant “superior” scholars who have convinced themselves that they are guides to the blind? (Rom. 2:17-19) No, but instead to those who listen, humble themselves, change, and trust like little children. (Mt. 18:3 // Luke 10:21)
But –listen? Who listens? Most insist they already know the Truth, and they are not about to consider that they may not. Humility? Oh, sure. There is a lot of posturing about that, but almost all of it is false humility. “Change? No way. We’re all saved by grace, and change is only necessary for those who want extra rewards. It’s not worth it to me because –I’ll admit it– I love to sin. But no worries, God understands.” (Reasonings of a sin-lover.) And do they trust like a child? Again, no way. For most people not only believe themselves capable on their own, but they also are too impatient to wait on God’s timing and guidance.
When Jesus, as a man, went back to His hometown of Nazareth and stood up in their synagogue to read (Luke 4:16) from Isa. 61:1,2, they too did not believe His Message of Freedom. (Luke 4:20-30) Those Isaiah verses, along with Luke 4:18,19, are about the Lord’s Spirit-anointed One sent to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and vengeance, freedom for those in captivity, release for those under oppression, and revelation for those who have been blind. And who was the One whom God sent into the world to declare, fulfill, and enact these wonderful, beautiful tidings? It was Jesus.
But who are the ones to proclaim the Message now since Jesus has gone back to the Father? We are. We who have been also anointed by God’s Spirit –by being in-dwelt by Him– are the sent-ones, commissioned to continue Christ’s work. (John 20:21-23) We have been sent (called / appointed / commanded / commissioned / assigned / chosen / elected) to go forth (Mt. 28:18-20 // 2 Cor. 5:18-20) for the production of plentiful and lasting fruit (John 15:16), and He promises enablement if we go in the baptism and power of His Spirit. (Acts 1:4,5,8) Therefore it is now our responsibility to proclaim the Good News –that Message which warns of God’s wrath but, at the same time, also declares the Rescue –freedom from ignorance, from hopelessness, and from that which incurs God’s wrath –namely, sin! Those who proclaim this amazing Gospel of Freedom “will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.” (Isa. 61:3) Indeed, how beautiful are their feet!
The proclamation is that Light has come into the world to dispel the deep darkness of sin and bondage. (Isa. 9:2 // Mt. 4:16) Those who believe this Good News see the Light and come into it (same verses // John 3:19-21) so that, by being rescued from evil through the Covenant (Luke 1:68-79), they can serve God in holiness and confidence (v. 74,75) as they walk in His path of peace (v. 79) –Jesus who is that Path (John 14:6) and the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6) –peace between God and mankind. (2 Cor. 5:18-21)
But, the Message, and only the True Message, must be believed (1 Cor. 15:1,2) –believed fully and “obeyed whole-heartedly”. (Rom. 6:17) Therefore we plead with people not to negate God’s grace for themselves. (2 Cor. 6:1) For “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (v. 2) Yes, now is the chance to come into God’s favor (same verse) and be set free from sin and the dominion of the darkness. (John 8:31-36 // Rom. 6:16-18 // Col. 1:13,14)
May this Salvation, this Saving Gospel, be emphatically proclaimed!