WHAT mATTERS? Prophet, Priest, KingWe often hear of Jesus referred to as a Prophet, a Priest, and a King, and so He is. But the manifestation of those offices comes at different aspects of Jesus’ ministry. The first coming of Jesus fulfilled the prophesies of Him as the Prophet sent by God. “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren…and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Deuteronomy 18:18 Some Jews recognized that He was the fulfillment of that prophesy, “Of a truth this is the Prophet.” John 6:14 His words and works proved that He was the Prophet who was to come, the Savior who came, and the Lord of lords and King of kings who is coming again.
When Jesus comes to the earth the second time, He will not come as a gentle lamb like the first time, but as an authoritative King, ruling with a rod of iron. “The Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings.” Revelation 17:14 This King will be the Messiah whom the Jews expected to see at His first coming. They were then, as are now, blinded to see Him as portrayed in the forbidden to be read Isaiah chapter 53. That chapter clearly teaches that He must come first as the suffering Savior, the lamb of God, before He assumes His role as King of the Jews, ruling the world from His new throne in Jerusalem.
In between these two comings of the suffering savior and His second coming as King, is the period called “the church age,” or “the age of grace.” During this time, He is still at work, fulfilling His role for us today as the ultimate High Priest of God. The Jews had a mediator between the common people and God, a “go-between.” This religious High Priest went once a year into the Holy of Holies part of the temple, where the presence of God was manifested, and he brought the blood of a sacrificed animal to attest to God that payment had been made for the sins of the Hebrew people. He proved this by sprinkling the sacrificed animal’s blood on the earthly Mercy Seat atop the Ark of the Covenant. Jesus has now taken the place of that Old Testament High Priest of the Jews and is now the High Priest for all Christians. When He ascended into heaven after His resurrection, He sprinkled His own shed blood on the heavenly Mercy Seat, verifying to God that the ultimate sacrifice has been made once for all to pay for the sin and sins of the whole world.
What matters now is, we are promised direct access to God, not based on our performance, but rather on Jesus’ performance. His death and shed blood paid for our sins in full. His burial proved His flesh was dead. His resurrection provides eternal life to any and all who will believe it. Now trust Him for this mercy and grace. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession…(coming) boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14,16