Why do I preach the Gospel?

Like most people I do not like being the bearer of bad news. The old saying that no news is good news came about because most news is bad, but simply having the opportunity to spread a little joy is not the reason I spread this message. Turn in the bible to Mark 16:15. Before I go any further this scripture must be put into context. The Messiah had already been crucified and had risen. He was among his disciples. He was rebuking them for their lack of belief. He then charged them with a mission, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." It was the duty of the disciples to spread this good news. It was his very first and most important order to all his followers. Spread the gospel of the coming kingdom for all the world to hear. Mark 16:20, " And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them....". Like the disciples of old, those who profess to being followers of the Messiah are charged with this responsibility. We must spread this news for all to hear.

This is not something that can be dismissed. The preaching of this message is so important that it was one the pieces of evidence the Messiah used to prove who he was. Beginning in Matthew 11:2 we read, "And when John had heard in prison about the works of the Messiah, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, 'are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?'" These two disciples of John the Baptist were dispatched by John to see who this man was. So they found Him and asked him hey are you the person we have been waiting for. A simple yes might have sufficed, but that is not how He answered them. Let us read what He did say. Matthew 11:4, "The Messiah answered and said to them, 'Go tell John the things which you see and hear. The blind receive their sight and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up...' ". Let's stop here for a moment. Now this easily could have been enough proof of this man's claim to be the Messiah. The sick are being healed; people are being raised from the dead. If this isn't proof enough that this man was the son of the Creator, what is. But the Messiah gave these two men one more piece of evidence to take back to John. Continuing in Matthew 11:5 He says, and tell John "....'the poor have the gospel preached to them.'" This was one of the proofs that He was the one. It was not enough that He performed all these astounding miracles to prove his identity, it was also the message. The message of the Gospel. It was not enough to see what He did , the message also had to be heard. The message of the Good news of the coming Kingdom.

The gospel message was not only a proof as to the identity of the Saviour. It was also a healing mechanism. Where ever this Gospel was spread it was accompanied with healing. Go back to Matthew 4:23, it reads, "Now the Messiah went about all of Galilee, ....preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people." Matthew 9:35, "And the Messiah went about all the cities and villages, ....preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." Luke 4:18, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted...and recovery of sight to the blind." Luke 9:2, "He sent them to preach the Kingdom of the Creator and to heal the sick." Later in the same chapter in verse 9 we read, "So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere." I could continue on and on showing you that where ever this gospel was spoken it came with healing, but we must move on.

Let us recap. So far we have seen the gospel message comfort people, because, it is good news. It was to help prove the identity of the Messiah, and it was to help heal those who were sick, but there was one more reason why this gospel of the Kingdom was to be preached. It was a sign. Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come." The preaching of this gospel to all the world is a sure sign that this world will soon end and a new government, a new kingdom, shall be ushered in. This the importance of the good news. This is why I proclaim it.