The goal of every preacher should be to not preach a sermon. A sermon is something that comes from the mind, and maybe the heart, of the preacher. The goal of the preacher to give a prophetic word from the mind and heart of God. He is to preach a word to a particular people in a particular place at a particular time that is directly applicable to both himself and the congregation that is from God and found in His Holy Word.
In the Synagogue of Nazareth Jesus stood up to read the lesson. It was from the Book of Isaiah, the appointed lesson for the day in the tradition of the Synagogue. It was a familiar reading into which Jesus breathed new life.
From Isaiah 61 Jesus read:
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God…
Jesus got into trouble is when He declared that “today this scripture is being fulfilled within your hearing.” Prophetic preaching is always risky. First of all we must be assured that we are preaching a word from God. We cannot declare it to be so when it is not. Jesus knew what He was saying was true, thus He declared it, leaving the consequences to God the Father. We must also know that our preaching is directly from God and preach it boldly, trusting in God alone.
Are we able to trust God alone? If not, we should not be in the pulpit. There are many other preachers who can take up our place. There is no shortage of “relevant” preachers. God is counting on us the preach the Word, in season and out!