Day 5

Christ the Perfect Prophet

Matthew 5:17, Luke 4:16-22, John 1:1-14, John 8:28

Christ was the perfect Prophet. He was both the messenger and the message—the Word made flesh. The message He proclaimed was not about a future redemption, but one that He himself would accomplish.

Have you ever seen the show “Undercover Boss”? In each episode, the CEO of large corporation disguises him- or herself as a low-level employee and works alongside other low ranking workers. The CEO learns about the struggles and frustrations of his company’s work-a-day crews. The lower-ranking employees have no idea, until the end, that their new co-worker actually has the power to solve the problems they face day in and day out.

It is a powerful thing when a go-between has the authority to do more than listen and relay messages up and down the chain of command. This is a power that sets Jesus apart from other prophets. He is more than a messenger. He has authority.

During Advent, we remember how the Maker of heaven and earth came as one of us—not only listen to us, but to solve our deepest problem: our need for redemption. Jesus came as the perfect messenger, the perfect prophet.

The Old Testament prophets delivered various parts of the same message. What was that message? It was the people’s need for redemption and God’s plan of salvation. They proclaimed the sin of man and the redemption of God. As often as God sent them, their footsteps echoed the message of sin and redemption, sin and redemption, sin and redemption.

But the message those prophets delivered, they did not accomplish. This sets Jesus apart from all other prophets. Until Christ, prophets were only the bearers of God’s Word, pointing to another who would ultimately fulfill those words. Christ is the Prophet who not only brings the words of God, He embodies them—literally. Jesus comes as the One who will accomplish the salvation He and all the others had proclaimed.

The message He proclaimed was not about a redemption way off in the future, but about the one He Himself would complete. Jesus came to fulfill the words given by the Old Testament prophets (Matthew 5:17). He claimed to be the Savior the prophets foretold (Luke 4:16-22). He was the message of salvation, in the flesh, sent from God (John 1:1-14), and was singularly devoted to the Father’s plan of salvation (John 8:28).

This is why John opened his Gospel exclaiming, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God’s message of salvation was Jesus, the prophet who became the Word of God. Christ was the perfect prophet. He was both the messenger and the message—the Word made flesh.

Written By Russ Ramsey

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9 thoughts on "Christ the Perfect Prophet"

  1. Brandon S says:

    I read these advent devotionals and think “yep I know, Jesus was the perfect prophet, isn’t it cool how it all ties together with the Old Testament prophets” instead of being amazed, excited, grateful at how God worked through Jesus. My reaction to these concepts of who Jesus was (is) and what exactly he was fulfilling still at times seem like just “head knowledge” and lacking a real emotional response. I pray that God would give me a heart that is truly floored by who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

  2. Scott Schulman says:

    Christ became one of us so that he could understand us completely as one of us. He didn’t have to do that, but he did anyway. He lived a life just like ours so we can have an example of how to live life correctly. I’m very thankful for a God who doesn’t just tell us what to do—he actually did all of it himself.

  3. Ethan Pyle says:

    Jesus is the source of all life. From Him comes not only the breathing and blood flowing—the physiological condition of being alive—but also the robust living we mean when we talk about being fulfilled and having a sense of meaning in our lives. If I am to take advantage of this life—this fulfilled living—that He offers, I must come to know Him better. I must seek Him out in the pages of His Word and in the world He has created to reveal His glory.

  4. Ken Fuller says:

    Thank you, Father, for sending Jesus – one with power and authority!

  5. Dalton Forman says:

    Well despite ” my best effort” to be led by flesh God is SO gracious and merciful. This morning I AM so unworthy of this gift from God. I am so thankful that He loves me know to not only forgive me and give me they way to Him but He really does all the work Himself to bring me back to Him. The Word is such a gift and a healing, and then on top of that Jesus is the even more so as true fulfillment of those and ultimately the fulfillment of our lives.

  6. Isaac Rumbold says:

    Wow. Christ proclaiming his name on his authority has power. To be in that synagogue when he said the scriptures were fulfilled would have been unreal. It would have been mind blowing! Christ is the ultimate prophet. The son of man. The message of salvation made flesh.

  7. Brandon Dillard says:

    Jesus fulfilled the prophecy and took on flesh in order to save us from ourselves. These are words we should think about daily and be so thankful for we do not deserve his grace.

  8. Conor Barry says:

    Luke 4:16-22 gives me goosebumps. This simply, lowly man from Nazareth, born where animals lay, proclaims that He is the Messiah that they have been waiting hundreds of years for. Everyone is dumbfounded. He shatters all expectations and in the best way possible. The humility of the Messiah is almost too great to be true and yet it is. God has taken on flesh to redeem for Himself a people who have wandered off with their sin and all they have to simply do is believe in His name.

    Christ came to fulfill the prophecies. Christ came to fulfill the law. Christ came to perfect it all and then die for those who willfully rebelled against.

  9. Lukas Fortunato says:

    Jesus as prophet is the one I overlook and miss the most. King and God i get. But prophet…and coming as a bridge from
    The old prophecies to proclaim his own fulfilling of those prophecies…That is something I have not spent much time on. Jesus prophesying his death, prophesying Peter’s denial and many others. It was definitely part of his identity. And it made him very aware of the bigger story he was in. How often did he say, “this is happening so that the prophecy will be fulfilled.” He was acutely aware that his coming was to move the story of redemption ahead by several very big steps. This was a big fulfillment of centuries of prophecy along with the beginning of a new era which would contain new prophecies, signs, and wonders. Even when He promises the Holy Spirit or that His followers would do greater things than Him, this was all his work as prophet.

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