“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” —Exodus 3:14
When God Almighty commissioned to Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, He preached Himself— I AM THAT I AM. When He revealed Himself to Moses in the cleft of the rock, He proclaimed Himself,—“The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the childrens children, unto the third and to the fourth generation” (Exodus 34:6, 7).
In the fullness of time, when Immanuel came, although He did not bear witness of Himself (John 5:31), He did preach Christ— “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). Jesus Christ was God incarnate and every bit and whit of scripture from Genesis to Revelation was about Him. He is the eternal Son of God, Himself being Wise and Good; therefore, for Him not to preach Christ would be impossible, unthinkable. Jesus, as fully man, was righteous without flaw, spot or blemish whatsoever; therefore, for Him not to preach Christ would be sin— and He knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we also preach Jesus Christ, affirming constantly the truth of His grace to justify sinners for His own name’s sake. If there is no one or nothing greater than Jesus Christ, therefore, to preach and proclaim Christ and His gospel is the greatest of all employments, bringing the most glory unto God.
If there is no one or nothing greater than Christ Jesus, therefore, to preach and proclaim anything else than Jesus Christ is a most foolish and grievous error; the minister of Jesus Christ who does not preach Christ from God’s holy Word commits a shameful act indeed. The minister who preaches himself sins wickedly with the rankest kind of insubordination.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; 2 Corinthians 4:5