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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
The word preaching came in this way. When a son and heir was born to the emperor, a proclamation was made, and the word that was used for that very process was the word translated "preaching." It was an announcement; it happened when the heir was born, when he came of age, and at his accession to the throne or to the imperial power. So what we are told here is that when John the Baptist was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee announcing, proclaiming, heralding. It was the particular work of the herald to do this very thing.
The word preaching is interesting, therefore, because it at once conveys this notion and idea. A herald does not make an uncertain announcement or get up and blow his trumpet and say, "Listen, we do not quite know what's happening or what is going to take place, but...well, we hope that something is going to happen!" That is not heralding! No; the herald has a definite, specific message, and that is why he gets up and blows his trumpet. "Listen," he says, "I have something to tell you." Now that is the term that is used here about what our Lord did. It is also the term that is used about what the apostles did afterwards, and it is the word that has been used about preaching in the Christian church ever since.
So you see we start with a note of certainty, issued from the Imperial Palace. That was the first word uttered, not just a man getting up and saying, "Well, my opinion is that before long there will be an announcement." No! He stood up with a bit of paper in his hand and said, "Issued by the Imperial Palace at such and such a time, we have the honor to inform you..." That is it. Preaching--the very word carries with it the whole notion of authority, an absolute unequivocal statement.
A Thought to Ponder
Jesus came into Galilee announcing, proclaiming, heralding.
From The Kingdom of God, pp. 11-12.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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