When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ. Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them; but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee. (Luke 4:40-44)
The Preaching Of Jesus
Those few years of Jesus’ ministry must have been the most amazing time in history. A man from Nazareth is healing all manner of diseases, feeding thousands with morsels of food, raising the dead and controlling nature. Beyond the amazement of these miracles would have been His preaching. There are numerous sermons and lectures of Jesus given in scripture but the most intriguing ones are those not recorded. Luke tells us simply “He was preaching.” Talk about a big name preacher. “The Son of God will be delivering the message today” the marquee reads.
The synagogues of Galilee would never be the same. No one had heard the style of teaching this man from Nazareth gave as He crafted the old scriptures to tell a story of redemption through the messiah. Hearts burned within those who sat spell bound at the oratory of Jesus. His speech was clear and demonstrative. The applications were heart rending and compassionate. He moved people to tears. Fervor filled the minds of the devoted. The Father became closer than they had experienced in life. The Son of God showed them a way they had never dreamed of.
Jesus’ voice fell silent two thousand years ago when He breathed His last. Yet His voice resounds in the book we call the Bible. Our place in history affords us to sit at the feet of the greatest preacher in the world and meditate daily upon the grace of God. No other time in history has the word of God been so easily accessible and yet so miserably neglected. If we were to unearth an audio of one of the sermons of Jesus how often would we listen to it? Would we make copies and share it with our friends telling them of the remarkable message contained in the sermon? The only audio we have is found on the printed page and these days in electronic form. Those words are the same.
Today is a great day because it is Monday. Look upon today as a wonderful day to use what we shared yesterday in worship to help others heart the message of the preacher Jesus. He has much to share with us. Turn on the audio of His message in your heart this week and invited someone to share it with you. Our faith this week will come from hearing the words of the preacher from Nazareth. And this word will sound forth to the ends of the earth beginning with me.
We must live in the Book. But it is equally necessary, if such results are to be secured, that the Book live in us. “Thou hast words of eternal life,” said Peter to the Master. (Vance Havner)