Preaching Jesus. This is the calling of the preacher. It is an incredible calling. We aren’t called to preach tips or suggestions, mere commands or philosophy, not even just ideas or concepts. We get to preach a person. When I met my wife-to-be, I was very capable of “preaching” her to any who cared to listen. I didn’t struggle for motivation because I knew her, I liked her and I wanted to talk about her. But over the years I’ve had to do some presentations I wasn’t thrilled about . . . ideas, subjects, topics. These opportunities were very different. The personal connection and consequent motivation is far different when we grasp that Christian preaching is primarily about preaching a person.
Preaching for Jesus. And what a person we get to preach! We get to represent the great object of the desire of all creation, the one who made it all and will bring it all to a close. The one who brings eternal delight to the Father and who will reveal the delightful Father to all for all eternity. This is not a political leader with tenuous temporary influence, or a new fad who will soon pass. This is not preaching some hyped up celebrity, or some high achiever in one area or another . . . this is the wonderful counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the prince of peace. And we get to preach about him, and for him. That means he cares, he takes interest, he wants it to go well.