When I was in college, I spent a semester living in Israel. One day, while visiting the city of Jericho, I saw a man who was tending to a camel. The camel wore a saddle and the man made his living giving camel rides to tourists.
The man motioned for me to come over, and when I did, he handed me the lead attached to the camel’s harness, and then he smiled at me and walked away. There I stood, holding that rope as the camel on the other end looked at me with total indifference. I had no idea what had just happened. I didn’t know where the camel’s owner went, what he was doing, or when (or if) he would return. True story.
Turns out, he just went to get a coke. But as I stood there holding his camel, I wondered, “What I am supposed to do with this?”
Have you ever been given something, perhaps a piece of information, and wondered, “What am I supposed to do with this?”
This past week, we have read about the role of a prophet in the Old Testament, and how Jesus was the perfect Prophet. He was both the messenger and the message—the herald of salvation and the One who would accomplish it. As we wrap up this study of Jesus as the perfect Prophet, we ask, “What am I supposed to do with this?”
Just as Christ came into this world as the perfect Prophet, He remains our perfect Prophet today. And as our perfect Prophet, He calls us to be His witnesses in the world. The message of Christ is ours to share (Colossians 3:16). We don’t just hold onto it. We proclaim it. And Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will illuminate God’s living Word in and through us (John 14:23-26).
God’s Word is living and active because Christ is living and active.
During Advent, we celebrate the incarnation of Jesus because, by coming in the flesh, He embodied the salvation we so desperately needed. Christ personified the prophets’ promise that God would cleanse us from our sin (Acts 10:43). He personified the prophets’ promise that God would be gracious to His people in their sin (1 Peter 1:8-12). He personified the prophets’ promise that the Messiah would be our healer (Matthew 8:16-17).
Jesus calls us to share in the work of proclaiming the message of mercy and grace He secured through His life, death, and resurrection. When we bear witness to Jesus, we point to the same salvation the prophets of old proclaimed.
May our celebration of Christmas be marked by our love for Christ, and may that love spill out in our words and actions as we bear witness to Jesus—the Word made flesh.
Written By Russ Ramsey