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Proclamation of Good News

Dr. Anil Chacko
Long Island MTC, NY

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

Proclaiming the Good News is an honor and a challenge. Proclamation is a public announcement of something that is of great importance. In this sense, proclamation is seen as an outward event—believers tell of the Good News to others. However, proclaiming the Good News requires us to also consider how Jesus lived his life in service to the Lord.

Hebrews 5: 1-10 offers the believer a glimpse into different aspects of what it means to proclaim the Good News. We learn here about God calling Christ and Christ leading a life of prayer and petition, submission, and obedience.

Often we feel the pull toward one side of proclaiming the Good News of God’s salvation through the sharing of the good news, worship and fellowship. While these are important and critical aspects of our Christian lives, God also calls us to do the difficult inward reflective work of obedience, fervent prayer, and submission. This too, my brothers and sisters, is part of proclaiming the Good News to mankind.

Why would turning inwards and toward God be considered proclaiming the Good News? As we know, we do and achieve nothing but through God. How better to be prepared and to proclaim the Good News than to turn inwards and toward God to help us understand the needs of those unbelievers and believers alike? Perhaps there is no better way to prepare for Proclaiming the Good News than to hear directly from our God. How difficult is it to follow this side of our Christian lives? A life of obedience is very difficult.

What are the benefits? The benefits are clear- fulfilling God’s Great Commission requires us to look inward, to live lives focused on connecting with God in a personal, obedient way and to speak to God on behalf of all those around us. This type of prayerful, obedient life is necessary for God to make us who he wants us to be as his followers. 


Dear Lord, help us to remember that a life of obedience, prayer, and petition are your ways of helping us understand what you want from us to help those around us. Let us never waiver in our turning inward and toward you as we live our lives and proclaim the Good News of salvation. Amen. 

”Pray for our leaders in the church who are charged to live a life of obedience, prayer and submission so that they may be able to do God’s work” 

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