Jesus is THE prophet of God

Moses told the people of God that a prophet was coming – a prophet whose words would carry with them a weight that would be remembered by God for all eternity (Deuteronomy 18:15-19John 12:48).

This coming prophet would continue to be the cornerstone, central focus and continuing hope for the people of God for nearly 1,500 years until there was a fervor amongst the angels and prophets of God – a fervor that had never before been seen over the birth of such a seemingly insignificant child (Luke 1:59-80, 2:8-38).

The prophet of God had arrived!

Never failing to know any man, but recognized by so few (John 1:45-48).

Never failing to speak the right word, but rarely heard (Matthew 11:1-6).

Never failing to invite near the far off, but hardly received (Matthew 11:28-30).

Yet the prophet preached – and he preached with words that shape and shake humanity to this day (Luke 9:22-26).

Who is this prophet, the prophet of all the prophets of God?

It is none other than Jesus of Nazareth – the prophet to whom all other prophets and people will bow (John 5:39-47Philippians 2:5-11). EA

The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:36-43)

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11 comments

    1. Thanks my friend. I was going to be heading over “your way” after a while to make a comment on your latest post about John 9. The former blind man was more amazed at them not being able to see than at the fact that he could see. I very, very rarely ever use the ASV, but I believe it nails the point of 9:31.

      And by the way, I’ll be following up this post with the topics of Jesus as priest and then as king. They may not be “as excellent” as this one but they might remind you of a song.

      1. “The former blind man was more amazed at them not being able to see than at the fact that he could see,” Another good line!

    1. Hi, Indya.

      Thanks for commenting, but I’m not 100% about what you mean. Are you saying that because you’re weren’t aware that Christianity believes Jesus to be such, or because it’s just not talked about much?

      1. Morning, Indya.

        Thanks for replying. I, like you, believe Jesus to be the Son of God, the Lamb of God, etc. as well as the prophet of God. I believe the reason that you’re failing to see Jesus as a prophet is because you may not understand what a prophet is in the biblical sense of the word.

        A prophet is simply “someone who speaks.” They could “predict the future” which is what most people think of when they hear the word prophet, but they also did things like interpret and simply proclaim the will of God as it was delivered to them. In the case of God’s prophet’s they “spoke for/by God” due to their inspiration: “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).

        Now as to whether or not Jesus was a (and more importantly “the”) prophet of God consider a few things:

        1) Jesus claimed to be speaking for and by God in numerous places throughout the scriptures, one of which is – “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” (John 12:49-50)

        2) The Father said all should hear/listen to Jesus, thus making him a speaker/prophet of God’s will – “Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (Matthew 17:4-5)

        3) The scriptures teach that Jesus spoke words that revealed God’s final will for mankind in a way that was above all the other prophets of the past – “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

        3) Moses said that God would raise up a prophet comparable to him (see the Deuteronomy reference give in the article), and Jesus was the prophet that Moses prophesied about: “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”” (John 5:45-47). The people in John 6 had the wrong attitude about Jesus, but they were correct when they said, “And when the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, Truly, this is the prophet who is to come into the world.” (John 6:14). And Luke 24:19 captures these heart felt words spoken by some of Jesus’ disciples on the road to Emmaus – “So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,“.

        4) And don’t forget what Jesus said about himself when the people in his home region belittled him – “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” (Matthew 13:57)

        When I say that Jesus is the prophet of God, I’m not saying that Jesus “was only a prophet” of God and nothing more; I’m saying that his words, as the prophesied prophet, carried with them then, and they continue to do so today, a weight that no other speaker of God carries – “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48)

        God’s people were looking for the coming prophet of God, and that prophet was Jesus.

        Does that help to clear up what I was saying?

  1. Well, I don’t fully believe that what you are saying is true. I mean, Jesus Christ was sent to save all of mankind. He wasn’t a prophet however, a prophet is ‘a person who has been called by and speaks for God’ and yes you can say that Jesus did this but I don’t think he was a prophet like Abraham and Moses were. He has a more divine role. A vital part of Christ’s work on earth was to set up his church; The Church of Jesus Christ and with doing that he had a particular structure of leadership within. For example he needed a prophet, apostles, evangelists, teachers, pastors and so forth (Ephesians 4:11). So, I don’t think he was a prophet as well. How could He talk about Himself? Surely He’d appoint other people as prophets and apostles to witness of Him. And anyway, it’s God who calls a prophet. Here’s more about what I believe :) http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/jesus-christ

    1. Indya,

      Jesus called himself a prophet (Matthew 13:57) and both Peter and Stephen said that Jesus was the prophet that Moses prophesied about (Acts 3:19-24 and 7:37).

      To say that Jesus was the prophet of God is to say only what the Bible says about him and to say otherwise is simply not true. Stick with the Bible and allow your understanding of Jesus to come from it and it alone and you’ll be able to see the truth about Jesus.

      Thanks again for the reply.

    2. What is the role of a prophet?

      A prophet speaks for God.
      Jesus spoke for God.
      Therefore, Jesus was a prophet.

      He spoke of Himself, but He also spoke of many other things, because whatever the Father commanded Jesus to speak, Jesus spoke it, as He Himself said, “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak” (John 12.49–50).

      Yes, Jesus was a prophet, but He was also more than a prophet, He is the Son of the living God!

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