The sermon will...encourage and invite the hearers to receive right now what Jesus is present to bestow. That is, not only will the sermon trumpet our Lord's completed work at the cross and open tomb and not only will it trumpet the truth that this blessed release from sin is "for you" (the hearers), but the sermon will also trumpet the presence of the risen Christ to bestow His healing forgiveness in that very service through His appointed means. The sermon will proclaim how the gap between the cross and us sinners is right now, today, bridged in the water of Baptism, in the Sacrament of Christ's body and Christ's blood, in Holy Absolution, and in the proclamation of the Gospel. The sermon will not merely talk about Christ but speak the very word of Christ through which the Word made flesh is present.
Adapted form "Preaching is Worship" - CPH - p. 75.