The Final Word
Prophet, Priest and King
“In the beginning was the Word…” Jesus reveals God to us and speaks God’s words to us. He himself is the Word.
Heb. 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Let me tell you an embarrassing story. I’m sitting in for a tutorial(a small group of students with their professor at Oxford or Cambridge) and I start trying to persuade my teacher of how clever i was. My buddy had written the essay for that week so I stupidly decided not to do the weekly reading. After my buddy reads his essay on the establishment of the kingdom of Israel and Judah and what sort of hopes, dreams and aspirations everyone had for this kingship my tutor turns and asks me a question regarding the enthronement psalms and the beginning of Solomon’s reign. I start blagging “…blah, blah, blah… the coronation ceremony indicates a high expectancy for a future messiah, …blah, blah, blah.” My tutor looks at me and says did you even bother to do the reading? ‘Of course!’ I say. Well how does that fit with the fact that there was no such thing as a coronation ceremony. I quickly discovered that there was no such animal as a coronation in ancient Israel. Kings were never crowned they were anointed. Jesus is called the Christ in the New Testament or the anointed one.
In the Old Testament people were set apart for a three main offices by anointing. These offices were the office of prophet, priest and king. Something that is very helpful when thinking about the identity of Jesus is to look at the office or role that he plays in our life. He is Our Prophet, Our Priest and Our King.
Christ fulfills these three offices in the following ways: as prophet he reveals God to us and speaks God’s words to us(Hebrews 1:2); as priest he both offers a sacrifice to God on our behalf and is himself the sacrifice that is offered(Hebrews 1:3); and as king he rules over the church and over the universe as well(Hebrews 1;3).
When we say Jesus is the Christ those are the three thing we believe about our amazing Messiah and Lord.
Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh. He is the ultimate self disclosure and revelation of God to us. Today live in the life that this realization brings.