We are looking at seven reasons that we ought to preach. So far, we have explored four reasons: (1)God commands us to preach; (2) God speaks to us through our preaching; (3) Faith comes from hearing; (4) The Church grows when the Word of God spreads; (5) The Holy Spirit uses preaching to sanctify believers; and (6) If we fail to preach Christ, false teachers will preach heresy. Today we will examine a seventh reason to preach:
(7) Jesus Came to Preach
Perhaps the best reason to preach the Word is that Jesus came to preach. During His earthly ministry people were fascinated by His healings, exorcisms, and miracles of all kinds. Even though these miracles were signs of the kingdom, many people misunderstood what Jesus was doing and why He was doing it. Jesus, however, knew that His primary purpose was not to heal or to cast out demons, but to preach the Word of God. In no uncertain terms Jesus told Peter, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out” (Mark 1:38). Of course, Jesus came to go to the Cross, which is the ultimate expression of His and our preaching. Jesus put an extremely high value on His own preaching ministry, even when the crowds around Him demanded healings and miraculous wonders. In same way, we must value and protect our preaching ministries, even if the crowds in our churches begin to demand that we focus on something else. There are many legitimate things that we could do as Christians, but we must never sacrifice our preaching in order to do something else.
In His Great Commission to the Church, Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that Jesus has commanded us (Matthew 28:16-20). How are we to make disciples and how are we to teach unless we preach? The Great Commission is rightly cited to promote the need for active evangelism. It is true that Christians ought to go into all the earth sharing the Good News of Christ so that all people will have an opportunity to be saved. It is often forgotten, however, that the Great Commission does not stop with evangelism. In fact, the Great Commission is a command to make disciples. Disciples are not made at conversion. They are made from the moment of conversion until the Lord brings their earthly lives to a conclusion, either by death or by His Second Coming. Therefore, we preach because Jesus came to preach and because He has asked us to continue His preaching ministry until the end of the age.