Preaching Jesus is a frequent expression in the book of Acts by the apostles -“Preaching the gospel”, “preaching the word”, “preaching peace by Jesus Christ”, “Jesus whom Paul preached,” according to the preaching of Jesus”. The proper idea of preaching is, heralding, proclaiming, declaring a message. The old prophets of Judaism were true preachers. Jonah, Joel, Malachi. The angels at Bethlehem were true preachers. John the Baptist a true preacher.
To the Samaritans Philip proclaimed the Messiah, or Christ had come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who was none other than the Son of the most high God. To preach Christ includes and involves these following six illustrations. Christ preached himself to the disciples on the way to Emmaus, declaring his Messiahship and Lordship. Christ’s command, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizingthem in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Mt.28:19)
The apostle Peter preached Christ at Pentecost, and at the healing of the lame man, and declared Jesus as both died and risen again, and being exalted with present saving power, Stephen preached, in his defense, the Messiahship and death of the Lord Jesus. Philip preached unto the eunuch, and his subject was Jesus the key to the prophecies, suffering and triumphant. Lastly, Paul preached to the Philippians jailor, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
True preaching must present a living Christ to us as having done all for us, able to be all to us, and to do all in us. So true preaching of Christ covers his whole redemption work, from his cradle, to his cross, and to his crown.
First of all, his cradle. Or, Christ in incarnation, the Divine Man. This Divine man was the mystery of Bethlehem. Who was this man? (Matt. 1:23) called him, “Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. “John tells us this, in (John.1:14) “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” In (I.Tim. 3:16) The apostle Paul declared, ‘Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,” (Isa .9: 6) Reveals this Divine man to us,” For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Jesus said in (Rev.1:8) “I an Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.’ We can truly say, the man Christ Jesus has revealed to us the Father. Jesus’ human life is the only life that can be acceptable to the Father. He along was without sin. He was the Lamb slayed before the foundation of the world.
Jesus is the assurance of the Divine sympathy with sinning and suffering people like us. The scripture tell us “He took on him not the nature of angels, but he took on him the seed of Abraham,” and, “being found in fashion as a man.” Therefore is more than able to save all of us.
Secondly, his cross. Or, Christ in sacrifice, the Divine sufferer. Our suffering Saviour shows, First, the intensity of sin, its utmost effort crucified Jesus. Secondly, The helplessness of sin. It did its worst, and was defended. (Acts 2:24 declared, “It was not possible that he should be holden of it.” Jesus defeated sin, Satan, the grave and has asscent into heaven and now is sitting on the throne of God.
Thirdly, Our suffering Saviour attracts men, “I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” Christ is our sin-bearer. He died on the cross for our sins.
Fourthly, our suffering Saviour has removed out of the way the hindrances to our fellowship with God. “The lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa.53:6)
Fifthly, his crown Or, Christ in his triumph, He is our Divine King. King Jesus is the Leader of his church, he is the Captain of our salvation. Here on earth he was completely victorious over his enemies, over Satan, sin and the grave. He was humiliated, but afterward exalted. He entered his heavenly capitol in triumph. He endured the cross, but is now sitting on the throne of God. He is the head and Lord of his earthly kingdom. We all must answer to him…”That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil.2:10,11) Jesus has been exalted to give repentance and remission of sin.
To Cornelius and his household the apostle Peter said “That through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43) Jesus is the Bestower of the Holy Spirit. Which is his present inward agency in us. Himself abiding with us and in us. Jesus clearly said, “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you…But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name”(John14) Matthew stated, “He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” The Paul apostle stated in Col.1:27 “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”