Do you know Christ as your Prophet?

Do you know Christ as your Prophet?

How is Christ a Prophet and what significance does that have for us today?  A prophet in the Old Testament was a person through whom God spoke to His people.  They received His word through various means (Hebrews 1:1) and dispensed His word through proclamation.  

In his book, Blood Work, Anthony Carter writes, 

As God’s mouthpiece, the prophet spoke the words of indictment against the people for their sin (Isa. 1:4) and called them to repentance (v. 18). The prophet pronounced the forgiveness and pardon of God (Isa. 40:1–2). Jesus, as the final and sufficient Prophet, has done all of these for us. He came not just proclaiming the Word of God; He is the Word of God (John 1:1). He came to the world because of sin (Matt. 1:21). He proclaimed our need to repent and believe on Him (Mark 1:15). And He proclaimed our pardon and forgiveness for sin (Col. 1:14).

Jesus, as Prophet, is called the very Word of God in John 1:1.  So he is the One who speaks the word and is simultaneously the word spoken.  He embodies everything the word says by speaking it into existence, being it’s authority, submitting to it’s authority, and fulfilling all of its demands.  For those who trust in Him, He has done all of that for you and tells us all about it as good news (2 Cor. 5:21).

What does this mean for us?  

I regularly fall prey to what others think of me . . . or at least what I think they think of me.  I allow what I perceive their assessment of me to be to rule my heart and drive my thoughts and actions.  These thoughts are typically fear, anxiousness, paralysis, anger, or even bitterness.   I also allow my own assessment of me (which is far more brutal) to do the same:  “I am a joke, a fraud, a fool, unworthy, unfit, a failure, shameful, etc.”

But here’s the reality:  No one but Jesus has the last word.   That means that He has the last word on those whose trust is in Him as their Prophet.  The betrayal of others, the false accusations, the half-truths, the pronouncements of guilt . . . all fall to the last word of Jesus which declares us loved, forgiven, adopted, acquitted, clean.  You don’t even have the last word on you.  You know your failures, your guilt, your betrayals, your judgments.  They are all too clear to you.  But those are not His last word on you.  Jesus speaks more loudly of His new names given to you by His word like beloved (Hosea 2:23), son (Gal. 4:7), daughter (Zech. 9:9), bride (Eph. 5:25-27), lover (Song of Solomon), fellow heir (Rom. 8:17), and friend (Isa. 41:8). 

Let that soak in.  Pray for belief for yourself that God speaks highly of you just as I am trying to believe it for myself.  And, Lord, help our unbelief.