On Christ, the Prophet

Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4
Hymn: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Symbol: Scroll

A prophet is someone who brings God’s word to God’s people. Before Jesus came to earth, many prophets spoke for God: Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, and many others. When Jesus came he taught in the synagogues, explaining God’s word to the people of Israel. They were amazed at his wisdom and understanding. Even as a young boy Jesus was in the temple, studying the Scriptures with the teachers of Israel. Joseph & Mary were afraid one day when they couldn’t find their son, but when they came to the temple to look for him, he was there. He said to them “I must be doing my Father’s business!” But Jesus is our prophet not only because he taught the Scriptures. Jesus himself is the Word of God incarnate. He is the promised Messiah that all the prophets had always spoken of. He is God’s Word to us. A prophet speaks in order to reveal God. By his words, he shows us God. Jesus is more than just a man who speaks for God. He is God. So when he became a man he showed God to us perfectly. He revealed God to us in a way that no spoken or written words ever could. Some of the people of Israel did not believe Jesus, and they asked him to give a sign, like the miracles and signs of prophets like Moses and Elijah and Jonah. Jesus told them that there was no greater sign than himself, and he called them to repent and believe in Him.

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our prophet. Thank you for revealing Yourself to us in Him as the Word made flesh. Please give us eyes to see Him and ears to hear Him. Give us hearts to listen to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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