Another Sunday is upon us and I, like many other saints, look forward to church tomorrow. I personally am thankful for a church where primacy is given to the preaching of the Word of God. Lord knows it is only the gracious providence of God that brought us to this place.
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” In other words, the purpose of preaching is to declare the gospel of our salvation. Can there be a more noble undertaking? Can there be a more a more weighty responsibility? Given this truth, it stands to reason then that we, the hearers, should take pleasure and delight in receiving every word that is uttered from the pulpit as if it were Christ himself speaking. Listen as Jeremiah Burroughs explains:
“If you are the spouse of Christ, you will rejoice to hear the voice of the Bridegroom; and every time you come to hear a conscionable sermon, you come to hear the very voice of the Bridegroom, and you cannot but rejoice in it. Oh, how sweet is one word of Christ to a gracious heart! And the spiritual communion with Christ here on earth is in his ordinances. We shall hereafter be always in his presence and see His face but if we would have any evidence now that we shall have communion with Him in heaven, we must rejoice in the hearing of His Word.” (Gospel Reconciliation, page 260).
Tomorrow, as we listen to our respective sermons, may we rejoice in the voice our Bridegroom!