Death #1 November 27 Prophet vs Politician
Our country has just gone through a political process that might be considered the most controversial in history. Respectfully, our country has elected a man to the office of the presidency that simply did not fit the mold expected of a political leader. We have a president that did not come through the ranks as one would expect to leave him open to criticism. His legacy remains to be seen, but the uncertainty gives way to protesting, rioting, and confusion. If this is happening in our world today what must it have been like when Jesus walked the earth professing to be “The Messiah?”
Was Jesus who He claimed to be? He certainly did not fit the mold of what people thought He would be. The Bible is filled with Scriptures and prophecies describing who Jesus is, His life and what He came to do. The Jews had expectations of what the “Messiah” would be, but they expected an earthly king. Isaiah 9:6 (NASB) says, “And the government will rest on his shoulders and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
During His ministry on earth Jesus did not deny that He was the fulfillment of prophecy; He spoke very openly about who He was. John 5:39-40 says, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” The signs and wonders that He performed were merely a testimony to who He was, but His message was salvation and eternal life.
Even today there is controversy about who Jesus was; was He a prophet? According to Scripture? “Yes.” After Christ’s death and the establishment of the Church, the understanding was that Jesus was the fulfillment of Moses’ prophecy. Peter explained that Jesus Christ was the One spoken of by Moses (Acts 3:22-23), “Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.’”
We see this fulfilled in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus did not come to govern as a political king; He came to give His life that through His death and resurrection we have the opportunity to receive Him. In receiving Him, He will govern our hearts until His return when He rules the earth as King of King and Lord of Lords.
Instead of skepticism and wonder go to Scripture. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Nursery & Pre-K Director