Romans 10:14-15. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
The good news.
In the Old Testament the “good news” was the good news of the king and his kingdom. The telling of his victory in battle. It was the good news of freedom from captivity or exile (like the Jews exile in Babylon). The beautiful feet are those of the messenger who ran ahead and told everyone that victory had been won and the King would be returning soon – so get ready!
This is what we are. We are the messengers. The preachers. The tellers of the good news of King Jesus and his conquest over Sin and Death and Satan. When he returns will he find you ready to submit to his kingship, or will he find you entrenched in a guerilla war against him?
What Paul described in Romans 9 is a sad situation. Most of his Jewish brethren are resisting God and entrenched against him don’t even realize it. Many are resisting God’s grace through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and yet they think they are actually on God’s side in this big cosmic war. How? Because they are law keepers. They do good. They try hard. They don’t cheat on taxes or park in handicapped spots. They help old ladies across the street and pay for their own Netflix.
But to reject grace and embrace law is to reject Christ. And to reject Christ is to reject God. And that’s bad news for anyone.
But there is good news! Christ is coming and you don’t have to be his enemy. You can actually be his conquest. His friend. His brother or sister. His bride. His body.
Do you want “to live is Christ” to be your reality? An eternal life of hope and peace, of joy and love? I hope so. But how? By calling on name of the Lord.
Romans 10:13. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
This is not mere intellectual assent. It is a transfer of trust from one source of salvation to another. From salvation by your own efforts and own righteousness to salvation by Christ’s effort and his righteousness. It is believing in him. Putting all your faith in him and his character (he is sinless) and his work on the cross (he became sin for us). “To live is Christ” is possible for you today – call upon the name of the Lord, repent and believe.
And for those of us who are in Christ, our union with him is a call to preach the good news. You say, “but wait, I’m no pastor.” Maybe not. But you are called to be a preacher of the gospel. The word preach here means to herald. But the idea is not to just stand around yelling about Jesus on street corners. The word hear means to persuade or to bring understanding. That takes time. It takes a relationship. It takes more than just crying out, it takes crying with.
Stephen Colbert “evangelizes” Bill Maher (sort of).
God, in his sovereignty and love has invited us to be a part of how people are saved. They aren’t just zapped with salvation. They aren’t saved in their dreams. They aren’t saved in isolation. People are saved when they hear the good news of grace through Christ.
The good news for us is that we who are in Christ have the Sent One in us by the Spirit. His message is our message. His gospel is our gospel. His life is our life. If you already have Christ in you, won’t you preach his good news today? Preach with your life, preach with your words, preach with your hope. This is your mission, to run ahead of Christ’s return, and herald his grace and mercy to a world that is deceived and dying.
Christ is in you. He is with you. He has gone before you. He will come behind you. Just tell the good news any way you can and every way you can. And he’ll take care of the rest.