Posted by: dhkrause | April 25, 2016

Prophet, Priest and King

Three outstanding biblical prophecies about the Messiah are that he would be a unique Prophet, Priest and King.  The first two have been gloriously fulfilled by Jesus Christ, and the third is on its way to being fulfilled.

Jesus is the Prophet promised through Moses in Deuteronomy 18: 

Deuteronomy 18 (NKJV)
18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

In John 6:63, Jesus declares, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”  Jesus declares in John 12, “the Father who sent me gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.”

John 12 (NKJV)
Walk in the Light
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 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. 49 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. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

Jesus is our High Priest, the one Mediator between God and men.

In 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Paul writes, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time”.

Hebrews 6:20 (NIV), paraphrasing Psalm 110:4, states that Jesus “has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”  Hebrews 7:24-25  declares, “but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

Hebrews 7 (NIV)
20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:
“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind:
‘You are a priest forever.’”
22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.
23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Jesus is not only our Great High Priest; He offered Himself as the sacrifice.  In 1 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV),  Paul refers to Jesus as “Christ, our Passover” who “was sacrificed for us.” In John 1, John the Baptist twice refers to Jesus as the “Lamb of God”:

John 1 (NKJV)
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

Prophecies such as Isaiah 9 describe the everlasting kingdom of the Messiah.

Isaiah 9 (NKJV)
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Psalm 47 gives praise for the Lord Most High who is “a great King over all the earth”.

Psalm 47 (NKJV)
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.

In Revelation 5, Jesus is referred to both as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David” and as “the Lamb that was slain”.  The song of millions around God’s throne is described in verses 12 and 13:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

In 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Paul describes our worthy response to Christ’s great sacrifice for us: “ For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

1 John 3:2-3 describes how this great hope will make us pure: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

David Krause,,

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