2009-12-19 - Christ as Prophet
Facets of Christ ~ Part 1
John 20:31, "But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."
I hope to do three devotionals, one each on Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King. There are many things that transpire around us, not all of them good, and it is best for us to rest in Christ alone. He alone is sufficient to help us. Let us be mindful when we are in a position where it seems that none can help, that Jesus knows our situation and cares for us. Jesus undertook the miseries of this life, lived as a man, and knows our weakness. He now reigns in glory, but still knows our needs. The truth that He also cares for us is a comforting comfort.
Jesus is a Prophet in that He reveals to us the will of God for our salvation. He gave Himself over to the indignities of the cross, taking sin upon Himself, so that sinners might have peace with God and a restored relationship with Him. He was our substitute. He is God, but He is also man. In that role He unfolds to us the mysteries of His glory and allows us to approach God who is all holiness. In heaven Christ was and is greater than the greatest, but on earth Jesus was lower than the lowest. He made Himself nothing that He might save a people to Himself. He became obedient unto death, yet He is God of all, and over all.
His Prophetic nature includes His ability to know all things and reveal all mysteries. In Christ all things are made known. They are fulfilled in Him, and by Him. In fact we might say that nothing has ever been a secret to Him. He knows the end from the beginning. He knew His own sufferings before He underwent them. He knows all about us. He knows our sin and yet He calls us His brothers and sisters. Let us remember that Jesus still wears the human flesh which He had while living on earth. Yes, He has a resurrection body, but He carries with Him the nature that He took upon Himself while on earth.
He is to be worshiped. Why do we worship Him? It is not because of what He does for us as much as who He is. One day every knee will bow before Him. All shall see His power and glory. We worship Him today for His person. He is God. He came to Earth and offered Himself as an atoning sacrifice for sin. The Christian trusts that His atonement was made for him/her. Our worship is directed at His nature, His person, His very being. We cannot diminish the dignity of Jesus Christ in obtaining forgiveness for all His elect. Whoever we are, let us make much of Christ. He has made much of us in giving His life for us. Mary says, "My soul exalts the Lord," Luke 1:46. We should also be always exalting, magnifying, making great the Lord Jesus Christ and the things of Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria,