The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) ~Acts 10:36
One of my favorite chapters of the Bible is Acts 10, which records how Peter, a Jew, was commissioned by God to go to a Gentile centurion named Cornelius. This incident opened the door for the gospel to be preached to the Gentiles. Cornelius needed God’s messenger to bring him, his family, and his friends a message that would be a major watermark for the gospel. In Acts 10:34-48, Peter gives us a biblical model for “preaching Jesus.”
We preach Jesus and His deity.
Preaching Jesus demands that we hold nothing back in letting people know that He is God. Peter presented Jesus as “Jesus Christ:” the Messiah Who is Jehovah’s salvation. Peter presented Him as “Lord of all.” He presented Jesus as Judge of the quick and the dead. Jesus is God incarnate, God incredible, and God Who is all-infinite.
We preach Jesus and His deeds.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Jesus went about doing good. We see that all the good that He did was with God’s power. We see that all the good that He did was with God’s presence. We see that all the good that He did was God-pleasing. He healed those oppressed with the devil. Everything He did was to demonstrate His power over the devil. His deeds healed, were helpful, and were holy.
We preach Jesus and His death.
“And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree.” Jesus, Who was sinless and innocent of sin, was slain by the Jews by way of crucifixion. His death for us was violent. He was scourged, bruised, beaten, wounded, and pierced. He shed His blood in His death. His death was vicarious. He was the only acceptable, perfect Substitute to die for every sinner. His death was victorious. The sin debt for every sinner is paid in full through His shed blood and death.
We preach Jesus and His dynamic.
“Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly.” Three days after He was buried in a cave, Jesus rose from the dead. His death and resurrection conquered sin, Satan, and death. He is risen from the dead! He lives! Death could not hold Him! The grave could not contain Him. Jesus is alive and lives evermore. His resurrection is the supreme basis of the gospel message. If Christ be not risen, our faith is in vain.
We preach Jesus and His deliverance.
“To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Jesus offers complete forgiveness of sin and eternal life to whosoever believes in Him. Belief means that, by faith, you accept that He died and rose again for your sins. It is accepting that you are saved by God’s grace and not of yourself. Cornelius was a God-fearing man who prayed and gave much alms. However, he knew that his works could not save him. For the first time in his life, he heard how he could be delivered from his sins and be saved: not by works, but by Christ.
We preach Christ! We preach Christ, Who can save anyone and everyone. Don’t get weary of preaching Jesus. Don’t get sidetracked from preaching Jesus. Keep preaching Jesus!
Have a Christ-honoring God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Chronicles 28-31