4 Marks of Jesus’s Preaching

Colin Smith | September 25, 2015

Editors’ note: This excerpt is adapted from the new multi-contributor volume His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (Crossway/TGC, 2015). The Bible passage under consideration is Luke 4:14–30. 

In Luke 4 we get fascinating insight into the preaching ministry of Jesus. Our Lord’s proclamation bears four distinguishing marks that sets the trajectory of preaching for all of us who share the privilege of speaking in his name today.

1. Jesus applied the Scriptures to the lives of his hearers.

He read from the book of Isaiah, then spoke about it. This was not unusual. The congregation in the synagogue would have been well used to a scribe, Pharisee, or layperson talking about Moses, Isaiah, or one of the other prophets. So much preaching can seem like a lecture about prophecies from the past or promises for the future, leaving ordinary people in the pew asking, “What in the world does this have to do with me today?”

But look what happens when the Bible is in the hands of Jesus! Prophecies from the past and promises for the future become gifts for today through him. “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” There was no wistful nostalgia for some golden age…

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