Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Preach the Gospel

Mark 16:15-16 - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." 

I'm finishing a study in the Book of Revelation and this is what we have been urged to do as the weeks progressed...preach the Gospel! Why? Because as scripture teaches, Jesus is returning quickly.

Revelation may seem daunting, frightening and filled with imagery we can't always understand but all throughout the lessons we were told the most important thing to do was keep our eyes on Jesus, our salvation, rest, comfort and so much more.

We see a world growing confused and dark with many questioning why it is. The short answer is sin. Society and culture (in other words man) have decided what is right and wrong. The things of God have been replaced with the things of man. Evil is now good and good evil in all areas of life.

It's why I keep my eyes focused on Him. If we profess to be believers we put our trust in Him. We believe what His Word says. We take interest in it and learn from it.

Revelation is the last book of the Bible. Just as Genesis explains God's perfect creation, the last book of Revelation shows, amid the unsettling visions of disaster, His victorious return to judge evil and those who follow it. And He IS going to return. Maybe sooner than we know.

If we know Him, these events that must take place are not so scary. What we go through and may have to go through is far less than what Jesus went through for each of us. We go through our own trials; He endured all sins for all people who have lived, are living and will live. Who can imagine the agony?

To endure to the end we need to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We need to know His character and attributes so that we can believe and grow in faith. We need to know His promises to those who truly believe. Those promises build our faith. Our faith should only be in Him. Faith in self or another will not survive. Jesus' promises are yes and amen.

Messages like these are not always well received. But it's as Jesus told His disciples: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel... Those who hear, listen and respond will be blessed. There is only one the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in the Man, Jesus.

Romans 10:14-15,17 - How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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