Jesus’ life is reflected by three distinct phases: Prophet, Priest, & King.
When He first came to the earth, He came as a prophet, sharing the Word of God, calling people to repentance, teaching of rightful living, and sharing prophetic events of the future. He knew things no other person had ever known or will ever know.
- “But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”” Mark 6:15
- “And [Jesus] said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.” Luke 4:24 (Jesus calls Himself prophet)
- “40 When they heard [Jesus’] words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?” John 7:40-41
When Jesus died, He became our High Priest, interceding for us so that we can be forgiven for our sins. No other person in all of history could ever fulfill the full duty of the High Priest, as priests in the Old Testament still had sin in their lives, and none could offer their own lives as a complete sacrifice, as they always had to continually offer the blood sacrifices of animals.
- 17 Therefore [Jesus] had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:16-18
- “3 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.” Hebrews 3:1-3
- “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Hebrews 4:14
- “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
- “So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; ” Hebrews 5:5
- “where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:20
- “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” Hebrews 7:26
- “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,” Hebrews 8:1
- “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)” Hebrews 9:11
When Jesus appears for the final time, His role will be the King of King and Lord of Lords as He will finally be able to take His rightful place on the throne. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is the Lord.
- ‘I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 Timothy 4:1
- “And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!” Revelation 15:3
- “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14
Thank you, Jesus for your three very important roles that have lead us along the way to discovering who you truly are. Being a prophet, you showed us the way. Being a priest, you stood in our place. And, as a king, you will rightly and justly rule forever and ever. Amen.