Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jesus the Prophet

Sunday, November 22 is Christ the King Sunday.
As that day approaches, I have been reflecting on the Three-fold office of Christ: Prophet, Priest, and King. This week's prayers will reflect on how Jesus is for us all three: Prophet, Priest, and King.

John 14:8-11
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves..."

Lord Jesus,
you are
the Great Prophet
in word and power.

Just as the prophets of old,
in your words you speak to us
the voice of God, 
the Word of God,
the wisdom and teachings of God.

You show us God.
You reveal to us the nature of God.
Just as the prophets of old,
You point us 
beyond yourself to the very heart of God.

You act on behalf of God
giving blessings,
calling for repentance,
challenging unfaithfulness,
calling forth justice & righteous from our lives.

You, Lord Jesus,
are God's Prophet.
Speak again to your people.
Open our eyes to see God at work.
Call us to repentance and faithfulness:
"Seek first the kingdom of God and God's righteousness."

Speak, O Great Prophet,
we are listening!

The Heidelberg Catechism 
Question 31: Why is he called "Christ," meaning "anointed"?
Because he has been ordained by God the Father and has been anointed with the Holy Spirit to be
our chief prophet and teacher
who perfectly reveals to us
the secret counsel and will of God for our deliverance;
our only high priest
who has set us free by the one sacrifice of his body,
and who continually pleads our cause with the Father;
and our eternal king
who governs us by his Word and Spirit,
and who guards us and keeps us
in the freedom he has won for us.

No comments:

Post a Comment