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The Best Prophet Ever September 17, 2006

Posted by mjtilley in Jesus Christ.
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“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:1-4

Today, Brian addressed the prophetic role of Jesus Christ.  In the lesson, Brian took extra effort to prove out that it’s no empty saying that Jesus was a prophet.  Instead, we found that Jesus meets and exceeds every qualification for a prophet.

Knowing that, the aforementioned passage in Hebrews (quickly becoming one of my favorite passages in the New Testament) has even more power.  Yes, Jesus came to earth fulfilled both the foretelling (telling of future events) and forthtelling (relaying direct messages from God) aspects of prophetic ministry.  But unlike the prophets of the Old Testament (even Moses, who was a “superior” prophet), Jesus was:

  1. God’s divine prophet.  At best, the Old Testament prophets were human intermediaries for men.  They would speak God’s mind, as He would deliver it, but they were always nothing more than human beings.  Jesus Christ was the only prophet that was more than a mere man; He was flesh, but He was God Himself.  Jesus provided a direct revelation of God as the second person of the Trinity.      
  2. God’s last prophet.  Jesus Christ was the final Word.  Once God spoke in the form of His Son, He had communicated in the most perfect and final form.  There was and is no way to communicate God’s mind any better than through someone who is the brightness God’s glory and the express image of God.
  3. God’s perfect prophet.  While God chose to deliver His message in many different ways throughout history, only Jesus was the perfect messenger.  Not only did Jesus accurate relay the information (the same is said of the prophets on the Old Testament), Jesus actually showed God’s message in His own life (to some extent, also true of Old Testament prophets) and provided to sacrifice necessary to give the message life.  Jesus didn’t just communicate God’s love toward us… He made our relatinship possible.
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