Must First Be Preached
Mark 13:10 “And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.”
Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
There is an anxiety about the end of the world. Some are anxious because it will come with judgment and they are afraid they will not survive the case against them by none other than God. Others are anxious because it ushers in a better life, eternal life, good life and they can’t wait anymore, they are tired of this life and they want the end to come now! Whichever way we all wish to know when the end will come. Jesus gave signs of the end drawing near in Matthew 24 and Mark 13. But in both accounts, Jesus states clearly that, the gospel preaching to the whole world will precede the end of time. The gospel must first be preached!
Take note of the remarks Jesus makes after listing signs of the end. He actually declares that with those signs being fulfilled, they are normal and the end is still far. Matthew 24:6 “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” Mark 13:7 “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (13:8) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.” When listing other signs of the end, Jesus observes that, the end will still be a far off, until the preaching is accomplished. The gospel must first be preached!
Why is preaching important? Because preaching requires a preacher. The preacher is one who has been converted by the message they preach. The preacher is one who has been saved by Jesus and is ready for the end of time. The preacher is ready for the end of time, and is assured in Jesus that he/she will receive eternal life. The more the preachers, the more are ready for end of the world.
When people need motivation and reminders to preach or even share a message, even forwarding on social media, they are not fully touched by the message and they are not converted. When the church is full of people but they don’t preach the gospel as Jesus commanded, it’s because they are not fully converted and they are not ready for the end of the world. Those who preach without being converted and ready, are not effective in preaching, they are not convincing. Demand for preaching is a demand for conversion and readiness for the end. The gospel must first be preached!
Preaching requires a lifestyle change by the preacher to match the message. A lifestyle change requires complete conversion. Preaching is more than shouting threats, or posting and sharing fear instilling posts about end of the world. Preaching requires a consecrated preacher, whose life speaks more about Jesus before she/he opens their mouth or writes and posts or Shares a message on the end of time. Therefore the demand by Jesus that preaching is done first before the end, is a demand for total conversion of believers who should be preaching, or else they will preach for money and status of being knowledgeable about prophecies and truth, and still end up in Hell. The gospel must first be preached!
When Jesus said, don’t be worried by other signs (do not be alarmed) of the end, but preach first, He knew that preaching will require conversion and readiness. Jesus was indirectly but effectively saying that be converted before you ask others to be converted, be ready before you ask others to be ready. Be an overcomer before you challenge others to overcome. By prioritizing preaching, Jesus prioritized our conversion and readiness (which are pre-requisites for preaching) as key indicators of the nearness of the end of time. The gospel must first be preached!
The major sign of the end of time that should worry us and we should observe is our own preparedness to preach and participation in preaching. The signs that should never alarm us are political and Religious re-alignments, wars, natural calamities, state of others in the church, etc. Jesus said, do not be alarmed, these must happen, they are normal. God’s concern is that you are not preaching, because you are not converted and you are not ready for the end, and therefore if the end came now, you will be lost. Therefore it is God’s grace that preaching is a priority and a key sign of the end compared to others, so that we are not lost. The gospel must first be preached!
Preaching itself facilitates conversion of the preacher and others, hence the need and importance of preaching. While preaching aims at conversion of many, it also aims at being a testimony. A testimony that everyone has heard the gospel and made a choice to accept or reject it. Not everyone will be converted, but everyone must listen to the preaching and make a choice. A choice is important, so that we get saved into eternal life by choice or get lost in Hell by choice. This is why before the end comes the gospel must first be preached!
If preaching is the most important sign, can preachers hold God hostage and deliberately delay the end of time? No way! Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, He begins and ends when He wants. Jesus and not the preachers is directing the preaching work. Jesus will ensure the preaching is done and it reaches everyone before the end comes. For the end to come, the gospel must first be preached!
Effective preaching requires total conversion and readiness. Are you preaching effectively? Have you accepted what has been preached to you? Have you preached in whichever way is possible for you? You can preach by sharing a word with one or few people, or speak in public, or forward a relevant message on social media, or invite someone to worship, etc. The gospel must first be preached!
Dear God help us to preach and thereby be ready for the coming end of the world, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)email@example.com (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)