I. Christ as Prophet
a. The prediction of The Christ as prophet
John 1:19-21 (NASB) 19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he said*, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
b. The ministry of Christ as a prophet
- He delivered God’s message
John 8:26 (NASB) “I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.”
John 12:49-50 (NASB)49 “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 50 “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”
John 15:15 (NASB) “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
2. He spoke with authority
Mark 1:22 (NASB) They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
3. He foretold and forthtold
c. The message of Christ as a prophet
John 20:30-31 (NASB) Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
- The Sermon on the Mount
- The Olivet Discourse
- The Upper Room Discourse
John 13:34 (NASB) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Deuteronomy 6:5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Leviticus 19:18 ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
John 14:1-3 (NASB) 1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:16-20 (NASB) “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
John 15:18-21 (NASB) 18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
John 16:24-26 (NASB) 24 “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. 25 “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. 26 “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;
d. The message of Christ as a prophet is authenticated
- Jesus’ prophetic ministry was authenticated through short term prophecies
a. He prophesied His betrayal
Matthew 26:21 (NASB) As they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.”
b. He prophesied His death instigated by Jewish leaders
Matthew 16:21 (NASB) From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.
c. He prophesied His death and resurrection
Matthew 20:19 (NASB) and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”
John 2:19-22 (NASB) 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
2. Jesus’ prophetic ministry was authenticated through miracles
Luke 7:11-16 (NASB)11 Soon afterwards He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large crowd. 12 Now as He approached the gate of the city, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!”
John 4:19 (NASB) The woman said* to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
John 9:17 (NASB) So they said* to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “He is a prophet.”
John 1:17-18 (NASB) 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.