Jesus the Prophet

John 12:48-50

The Bible is God’s word. I made the point last week that the Bible is God’s worldview. A worldview is a person’s way of explaining how they understand the way things are in every aspect of life.  Logic teaches us that if a worldview is true then according to the law of non-contradiction that states, “If something is true the opposite of it cannot be true.”The Bible is the one true worldview inspired by God. All other worldviews contradict God’s word and so they cannot be true.

The Bible explains the way to understand the reality we live in. The biblical worldview can be summarized as follows:

  • God created all things good in six 24 hour days and rested on the seventh day.
  • Satan tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God, and they fell from being good in God’s image to becoming evil in sin.
  • God has been working ever since that time to redeem mankind from out of his sin through His Son Jesus Christ.

I also made the point that the Bible is consistent within Itself as history, science, logic, philosophy, theology, anthropology, and all other ologies. From Genesis to Revelation,  66 books, written by 40 different men, over a period of 4,000 year from Adam to Jesus it is an ongoing revelation of one man, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the source of the Bibles being consistent with itself. Jesus made this point in John 5:39 (read) and in Luke 24:44-45 (read). The bible from beginning to end is all about Jesus.

This morning I want to give you an example of how the Scriptures testify about Jesus. In the OT there are three ordained positions of me who were to represent God to His people Israel and the world. There are the priests, the prophets, and the kings in that order.

The priesthood was established by God in the law of Moses, the prophet was promised by God in Deut 18:15, and the king position was established by Samuel in 1Samuel 8:7. Each of these positions were a foreshadowing of the ultimate Priest,  Prophet, and King, Jesus Christ,. Psalm 110:4 is an example of a prophecy of Jesus as the ultimate High Priest, and 2samuel 7:12 is an example of a prophecy of Jesus as the ultimate coming King.

I want to use the position of the prophet to show how Jesus is the ultimate prophet prophesied in the OT. The prophet was a person chosen by God to speak to the people on His behalf. Jesus claimed this position in John 12:48-50 (read). Jesus spoke only what the Father told him to say as the Father’s ultimate Prophet.

Here is the history of the establishment of the prophet position:

  • The Problem: People can’t endure hearing audible the voice of God and His holiness. Exodus 20:18-19, Duet 5:24-25 (read).
  • The Promise: God will speak through His prophets until His ultimate Prophet came who was to be like Moses. Deut 18:18-19 (read). Moses gave the law of works. Jesus gave the law of grace. Moses and the prophet Elijah appeared to Jesus on the Mount of transfiguration and the Father spoke and told Peter, James, and John to listen to Jesus as Hus ultimate Prophet.
  • The Prophet: Jesus, is the ultimate prophet promised by God, Heb. 1:1-2 (read). But between Moses and Jesus, God sent other prophets to speak for Him to His people. Samuel was the 1st OT prophet and John the Baptist was the Last closing out the old and ushering in the new. Duet 18:20-22 gives the test to identify the true prophets sent by God. Jesus past this test fully. He prophesied His crucifixion, His burial, His resurrection, Peter’s denial, Judas’ betrayal, and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
  • The Proselyter : What is a proselyter? A person who tries to win another over to his faith. There are only two real religions, Followers of Jesus or followers of Satan in his deceptions. All  other worldviews besides God’s worldview grounded in Jesus comes from Satan. All the apostles  were eye witness proselyters  calling people to faith in Jesus out of all of their paganism,  Judaism, or atheism.  Peter’s testimony is 2Peter 1:17-18 (read).  John’s testimony is 1John 1:1-3  (read). Christian proselyters share the Gospel to help followers of Satan become followers of Jesus. Every Christian is supposed to be a proselyter.

Conclusion: Proverbs 11:23 (read). The apostle Paul was the great proselyter. He had his own strategy 1Cor 9:19-22 (read). What is the hope of the future of this church?  It is the same today just as it was in the early church we read about in Acts. It is not a new pastor, a new worship style, or a new program. It is born again, Spirit filled Christians who love Jesus so much that they are not afraid to tell others about Him – even if it costs them their lives.