KERYGMA – Last night may have been the first night you have ever heard that word. Some of you may have heard it before but did not fully understand its meaning. Hopefully, after hearing Fr. Raphael Mary’s talk, you have gained a better understanding of it.
Kerygma means preaching in Greek. Specifically, the Kerygma is the preaching of the apostles whose core message is the “good news” Jesus asked them to preach to the world. The Kerygma existed before the Bible. Every belief and practice of the Christian faith originates in the Kerygma and cannot be separated from it. The subject of this preaching is a Person, Jesus Christ himself.
Jesus is the Word made flesh – the fullness of God’s self-revelation to us – the “Image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:13). And only through him, can we come into a right relationship with God. This is the Kerygma, this is the preaching of the apostles. “And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” –Acts 4:33
Therefore, the core message of Christianity is not the teachings of Jesus, it is Jesus Himself. Being a Christian means surrendering our lives to Him as our Savior. But how do we do this? How do we turn ourselves over completely to Jesus Christ? This is a hard question and one many struggle with. However, to get to the answer and to get to know Jesus personally, begins with prayer. Do you make prayer an essential part of your everyday? It’s something to ponder and work on throughout your faith journey.
Join us next week as learn more about Jesus in our next class, “Who is Jesus, Part 2: The Blessed Trinity”.