We’re all familiar with Linus’ monologue on the true meaning of Christmas – which was the ONLY thing that he was able to drop his blanky over!
But, at least I’d never been aware of the huge missional context of these verses until it was revealed to me in a Perspectives class.
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10 ESV)
The phrase “… for all the people” never really struck a chord with me – from the beginning, this news was for a specific audience – “all the people”! The original intent for the gospel from the outset was for missions. And, this isn’t some job that’s been handed down from a hard ruler or master – it’s “good news of a great joy”!
Which makes Romans 10 all the greater reason to go!
“But how are they to 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? 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!'” (Romans 10:14-15 ESV)