I had a bit of an epiphany when reading Romans 10:14-15 this morning.
Rom 10:14 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?
Rom 10:15 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!”
I have heard a number of sermons on this passage and they have all been within the context of evangelism. Get out the and preach the good news in season and out of season. People cannot be saved if they don’t hear the Gospel.
I have no problems with this exhortation! Yet, the context of this passage and its full meaning is lost, if this is all we get from it. The passage is talking about Christ. It is he who has the beautiful feet. It is he who was sent. It was he who preached the good news for us to believe. Christ was sent to save a dying world. Christ’s message was himself. His whole being is the message. His life, his death and his resurrection is the message of hope which has gone out into the world, through the world and for the world.