“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.” —Acts 8:35
Preaching does not only mean standing behind a pulpit or heralding the good news in a public place to a multitude of people. It also means speaking plainly the truths of Christ one on one, individual to individual, perhaps on some remote Gaza road, like Philip.
The efficacious call of the Holy Spirit was upon the Ethiopian eunuch. God’s irresistible grace was already working upon Candace’s treasurer when the Lord sent Philip to “Go near” and join himself to the eunuch’s chariot. The eunuch, reading Isaiah 53, could not make sense of it until a Spirit-led, Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered man could preach Christ and Him crucified from the truth the eunuch pondered.
Has the awesome beauty, splendor and majesty of Christ’s atoning Sacrifice so captured you that you can see Christ and Him crucified in every passage of Scripture? Have you been so delighted by the truth of Christ and Him crucified that you’ve been filled and empowered by God’s Spirit to open your mouth to preach Christ wherever and to whomever the Spirit has led you? Let us endeavor to be nourished upon the truth of Christ and Him crucified in every portion of our “Daily Bread.” Preaching is not merely for the pastor or elders of the church. Preaching is the glorious utterance of every child of God.
When you think you may be in a desert place, look around. You may just find that the Spirit has transported you to your own “Gaza road.” And if you are, preach Christ crucified from the very first portion of scripture pondered.
“Search the scriptures” the Lord Jesus said, “for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39).