What did He preach?
The gospel (good news) of the kingdom.
He picked the message up from His forerunner John the Baptist:
Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." - Matthew 3:1-2 NASB
As soon as Jesus came out of the wilderness and His time of temptation, He began His ministry.
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." - Matthew 4:17 NASB
We see a few verses down the page, this was His message everywhere He went.
Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. - Matthew 9:35
We learn from Luke, this was a new message—a strong break from the preaching of the past.
“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. - Luke 16:16
I sometimes think that the gospel of the kingdom is like kindergarten for Christians, and we need to move on to the deep spiritual lessons of the faith. But in truth the disciples, after having spent three years in JSSM (Jesus School of Supernatural Ministry) had a forty day conference. It was after His resurrection, and after He breathed the breath of life into their souls. What was the theme of Jesus last conference?
To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. - Acts 1:3 NASB
And what was the message that the apostles and the early church preached?
But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. - Acts 8:12 NASB
Paul and Barnabas:
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city.
The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe. After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." - Acts 14:19-22 NASB
In fact the book of Acts starts off in 1:3 (above) with the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom and ends the same way—here are the last two verses of the historical account of first century history of the church:
And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered. - Acts 28:30-31 NASB
One final scripture to consider. Jesus told us that the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom must be taken to the ends of the earth.
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. - Matthew 24:14
When I see the clear emphasis on the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom in the Gospels and the book of Acts, I see that it needs to be in our mouths every day. Our preaching must be the Gospel of the kingdom. We’ve had enough self-help sermons. We’ve had enough ‘you ought’a do better’ sermons. We’ve had enough ‘feel good about yourself’ sermons.
We must preach the gospel of the kingdom.
In the next installment we’ll talk about the content of the gospel of the kingdom.
Till then - keep shining!