“It’s not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?’” (Deuteronomy30:12-13)
The source of proclamation is not a heavenly secret persons have to search all the way to heaven to find. God has revealed His word to His people. Moses wrote the “Book of Law” (verse 10) to help people learn God’s wordy by memory.
The Bible even unto today, continues to give us an accessible source to the Word to be proclaimed. God’s inspired Scriptures are out source for proclamation, and we are to base our proclamation on these inspired Scriptures.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we praise Your holy name, for giving us Your Word and seeing to it, that it would become a written guide for all of us to follow. The Bible is to be used to guide us, as is the Holy Spirit, that in all situations, we are never, ever alone. We have the best source of comfort near us at all times. For those who do no, we pray that they will listen to those who do, and learn just how much You love and care for us. You are our constant companion in good and not so good times. Your Word is always a source of peace and comfort. Therefore, in Jesus’ holy name, we pray that with this source, we can take the gospel to all we come into contact with. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Life: The time God gives you to determine how you spend eternity.”
“As you go preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’” (Matthew10:7)
God’s kingdom is the central focus of the teaching of Jesus. The kingdom of God means, primarily, the sovereign and righteous rule of God over the lives of those who have accepted His rule and are striving to live in accordance with His will.
The kingdom of God is both a present reality and a future culminating hope. Life in the kingdom, whether present or future, is God-centered and God-controlled.
“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news tot he poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor.’ Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’” (Luke4:14-21)
Jesus illustrated the simplicity of proclamation. He made his meaning clear so all people could understand. He tied His own ministry to the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-3. The proclamation of the gospel should never be obscure.
It must always ring with a clear and simple message of eternal truth. Jesus beautifully combined preaching and teaching. Proclamation includes content that teaches. Proclamation explains the meaning of God’s Word for the present audience. Proclamation leads to understanding, decision, and commitment.
Second Thought of the Day:
“After John was arrested and placed in prison. Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:14–15)
Jesus is the best example to follow for anyone who is to proclaim the gospel. You’ll notice, that when John the Baptist went to prison, Jesus’ role changed, as He stepped into the forefront and began to preach like no one had ever heard before. He told them the kingdom of God was at hand, and in such a way that people moved forward to listen to every word He had to say.
He further stated that before they could enter the kingdom of God, people had to repent of their sins and make a commitment in faith to God through Him. Jesus preached that persons should believe the good news (gospel of salvation) about the arrival of God’s kingdom in His own life and ministry. Belief centers on whether we accept Jesus’ coming as the ultimate good news God has for the world. Do you?