He preached from the bloody tree!
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news" Isaiah 61:1
"I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." Luke 4:43
He preached from the bloody tree!We may profitably note how earnestly our Lord kept to His work. It was His business to preach, and He did preach — He was always preaching!
Even His miracles were sermons; they were acted discourses, full of instruction.
All of His actions were sermons — He preached by every movement.
He preached when He did not speak — His silence was as eloquent as His words! He preached from the bloody tree! With hands and feet fastened there, He delivered the most wonderful discourse . . .
on divine justice and on love,
on divine vengeance and on grace,
on death and on life,
on damnation and on salvation —
which was ever preached in this poor world!
Oh, yes, He preached — He was always preaching; with all His heart and soul He preached. He wept in secret, that He might the more compassionately preach the gospel which wipes men's tears and sins away. As He walked the streets, He preached as He went along. This was His one calling; and this one calling, He pursued in the power of the eternal Spirit.
As our Lord ascended He said, "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." His charge in brief was — preach, preach even as I have done before you!