The Messiah - Part 23

Messiah - The Prophet

The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. Deuteronomy 18:15-19

The words of Moses to the children of Israel foretold of a Prophet that will come from among the children of Israel who will speak the word of God. Whoever will not hear that Prophet will bear the judgment of God. A greater than Moses was to come. Moses came to bring the law and show the severity of the law. The law shows us how just and holy God is and what He requires of us. The law also shows just how sinful we are and how weak we are. We cannot possibly obey the law without fault. Sooner or later we would fail if we tried. The law shows us that we need help. We can't live righteous by ourselves. WE NEED HELP.

God gave that help through this Prophet that Moses foretold was coming. This is the Messiah, the very Son of God who was coming to help. He came in the flesh, born of a woman from among the children of Israel. He was born from the tribe of Judah among the lineage of David. He lived among His people and preached the gospel. He kept the law in all points. He was the only human being that ever walked the earth and did not break the law in any point. Jesus Christ did not break the law of God.

He knew that we could not live without breaking the law so He came to keep the law for us. By faith in Jesus Christ, His keeping of the law counts in place of our breaking the law.

How? Sin causes death. Not only physical death but eternal death in hell. Sin has to be destroyed or else it will continue for eternity. God has to stop sin. Sin has to be judged. Jesus allowed Himself to pay the death penalty for all of our sins. Since He did not deserve death for His own sins because He did not sin, His death can count for all of our sins.

Does His death count for every person in the whole world?

It would if every person in the whole world believed in Him and the work that He did on the cross. Unfortunately all do not believe. Even among those who have heard, not all receive Him.

God sent Him to save us but not all accept this Heavenly gift from God. So if we neglect to receive God's free gift of eternal life, there is no other way to be saved and we then will die eternally in hell.

When we believe in Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven. We are saved from the sin that sends us to hell. Sin has to be done away with. Jesus came to do away with sin. If we remain in sin and are not forgiven, that sin will take us to hell. God doesn't send us there, our sin takes us there. Jesus came so that we don't have to spend eternity in hell. He came to save us from our sins.

Fulfillment in the New Testament:

But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Acts 3:18-26

To be saved one must repent and be converted that our sins may be blotted out. When the Lord returns, we will be with Him forever and not suffer eternal death; instead we receive eternal life with new bodies that can never die.

Old Testament Prophets have foretold of the coming of the Messiah, the suffering of the Messiah and the Second Coming of the Messiah. Although they may have seen only one Coming in their mind's eye. Just picture two mountains that just the tops can be seen but not seen is the valley in between the mountains. There are many years between the first coming and the second coming of the Messiah.

Some have said that if the Jewish people had not of rejected the Messiah when He came the first time, there would have been no second coming. He would have set up His Kingdom then and there. I think the plan of God was that they would reject Him so that He would be nailed to the cross and die there to pay for all of our sins.

How could His death cause us to be able to overcome sin? Wouldn't we still be the same people and subject to the same temptations and weaknesses that cause us to sin?

There is more free gifts from God. When we repent and come to Christ, He gives us help. He sends us His Holy Spirit to abide within us.

The Holy Spirit comes to us and in us. He prays through us. Sometimes we don't know how to pray or even what to pray. He also gives us strength to resist sin. Yes, we can still choose to sin but we will feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit when we do and immediately bring us back to repentance.

The Holy Spirit gives a searching believer understanding of the scriptures. As one reads and studies the scripture, understanding begins to come within us. The more we desire to be free from sin and understand the Word of God the more we will understand. The bible says, "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled."

When it comes to things of the Spirit, we get what we desire. If we desire just a little then that is what we will get. If we desire to understand, to love, to live close to God, then that is what we will receive.

Messiah Index




Son of Abraham

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

The Anointed One
part 1
part 2
part 3

The Messiah's Birth
part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

The Forerunner
part 1
part 2
part 3

The Son of God
part 1

part 2

His Ministry
part 1
part 2
part 3

part 4

Prophet & Priest
part 1
part 2

Suffering Messiah
part 1

part 2
part 3
part 4

Death & Resurrection
part 1
part 2

 

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