This Sunday we will have the honor to study one of the greatest Old Testament prophecies concerning the birth of the long awaited Messiah. In fact, Micah 5:1-5 has been identified as one of the single most important prophecies in the Old Testament. It is important to remember the prophets proclaimed the Messiah would embody the function of Prophet, Priest, and King. As we worship Jesus this Advent season my prayer is that we grow in our understanding of Jesus, the long awaited Messiah.
The three offices: Prophet, Priest, and King
These were the “anointed” offices - called and appointed by God and each helped establish and maintain God’s covenant with his people. Christ was the anointed One - Messiah – the ultimate prophet, priest, and king.
Christ alone is our Prophet.
The prophet is the person commissioned by God to reveal the thoughts and speak the
words of God to the people.
1. We need a prophet - we don’t know what God is thinking unless he reveals it to us.
2. Jesus is the Prophet
Christ alone is our Priest
1. We need a priest to represent us to God because of our guilt
2. Jesus is our High Priest
Christ alone is our King
1. We need a King - to rescue us and reign over us.
Think about it…
God sent us the Prophet. Do you listen to him? Do his words land on your heart as the absolute truth or do you merely consider his words and then do what pleases you? In what areas are you not seeing or thinking clearly? How would knowing God’s thoughts be helpful in this situation?
God sent us a Great High Priest. Are you standing in him? Is He the High Priest that you go to in order to get to God? In what ways do you struggle with condemnation, shame or guilt? How does Christ as your High Priest provide a remedy for this? How does knowing him as High Priest address your guilt? your God-given identity as a Christian?
God gave us the King of Kings. What’s your reaction to the thought of a “sovereign king” who has the right to rule and reign over his people - over you? Is he King over our heart? Have you found the new joy of living submitted to a gracious, merciful, slow to anger, all-powerful king? Where do you struggle with submission to God’s word and yielding to the authority of Scripture?
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