Reading: Romans 10: 14-16
Verse 16: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.
Paul has just built his case for what one must do to be saved: believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord”. In verse 13 Paul writes, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. It is a faith that is offered to all people. This echoes Jesus’ commission to bring the good news to all nations. God’s love and saving grace are for all peoples in all places.
Today’s passage shifts to some realities that make most Christians a bit uncomfortable. In our minds, yes, we all know that the Great Commission applies to all followers of Jesus Christ. We are all called to proclaim the good news. Today, Paul gives us a series of questions to consider. First, how can anyone call on someone they do not believe in? If one does not believe in Jesus then they will never experience salvation. This is a matter of great eternal consequence. It is imperative that all people have the opportunity to call on Jesus for salvation.
Paul then asks how one can believe without hearing of Jesus Christ. It is indeed very hard to believe in someone you have never heard of or understand. So all must hear the good news and come to understand what Jesus offers. Then Paul asks how someone could hear without someone else speaking. Again, if we do not tell others the good news of Jesus Christ then it is very unlikely that they will hear. Paul then says that we each must be sent in order to tell. Jesus’ parting words to all of us was to go and make disciples of all nations. We are sent. Each Sunday we close worship with a benediction – a reminder to the people of God to go out and bring Jesus to the world – to go forth to love and serve the Lord our God.
Paul closes with these words: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news”. He is quoting from the prophet Isaiah, who lived hundreds of years before Jesus walked the earth. Isaiah’s statement remains true. The good news is still the good news. All need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Do you want beautiful feet today?