Yesterdays blog, Day 16, we got to know a little about who Jesus is, the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man. This helps us to understand the how and why of his sacrifice and what it means for humanity. Knowing who Jesus is gives us a greater understanding of not only his love toward humanity, but his right to grant forgiveness and eternal life.
Today I want to look briefly at his position. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus, the eternal Son of God, is our way to get to God the Father. As our mediator between heaven and earth, we see Jesus having three basic positions (or offices); prophet, priest, and king. Because of WHO Jesus is we have access to forgiveness and eternal life. Now we will discover today that because of His position we have freedom from sin.
In Luke 4:18-19, we see Jesus visiting his hometown of Nazareth where he goes in the synagogue and reads from Isaiah 61:1-3. He then twice makes the implication that he is prophet (verse 21 & 24). The term prophet in the Greek (prophetes) means “one who speaks forth” and it became the technical term for one who speaks for God. Jesus not only fulfilled prophecy in who is was, he was also a prophet speaking the message of hope from a loving God (John 14:24).
The author of Hebrews describes his position as our great high priest (Hebrews 4:14-5:10) who is exceptionally qualified because of his sinless humanity and his eternal divinity. According to these verses and others found in the Old Testament, a priest is anointed by God to represent God to his people, and his people to God. By function a priest is to offer sacrifices for sin (Hebrews 5:1) and deal gently with those who are ignorant and have gone astray (Hebrews 5:2). The sacrifice he offered was that of his own life – the ultimate once for all sacrifice. “Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Hebrews 10:14).
When Jesus was crucified, the soldiers put a sign above his head that called him the King of the Jews. Little did they know that he was so much more. In writing Revelation, John describes Jesus often as sitting on a throne, having majesty, and even addresses him as “King of Kings” (Revelation 17:14; 19:16). As prophet he declared the message of God’s love for his creation. As priest he offered up the ultimate sacrifice to give us access to our creator. Now as King, he gives us victory over our enemies and He will lead us into eternity to rule and reign with him (Revelation 3:21).
1. What does Hebrews 1:1-2 indicate about Jesus office of prophet?
2. What do you discover in Hebrews 9:11-14 about Jesus as our high priest?
3. What does both Revelation 1:5 and Romans 6:7-14 tell us about Jesus as King?