I must recognize that Jesus is the Messiah and the prophet of God. Jesus speaks to me with authority. The words of Jesus are true because Jesus is the truth. I must listen to him.
In Deuteronomy 18 we read this important word:
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.”
Here are the key ideas:
- The Messiah was anticipated by the Jewish people as the Prophet of God. Jesus is that Prophet. Jesus the Messiah was acclaimed as a prophet by those who witnessed his miracles and heard his teaching. They recognized him as a bearer of the word of God, who spoke with authority concerning the nature and purposes of God.
- Prophets are spokesmen for God. When the people of Israel asked the prophet Samuel for a king, God told Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king”.
- Samuel was responsible to relay the Word of God to the people of Israel, and God states that He was the source of Samuel’s authority and words.
- Thus, Samuel the prophet was God’s representative.
- Many other passages in the Old Testament have statements such as “the word of the Master came to. . .” indicating that the source of the message was God and not the prophet.
- Similarly, Jesus taught a heavenly message: “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me” (John 7:16).
- He also stated that He spoke “just what the Father has taught me” (John 8:28).
- In Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, He says, “I gave them the words you gave me” (John 17:8).
- Jesus clearly fulfilled the role of a prophet, as He was a spokesman for God. In speaking for God, Jesus does it with authority, not like any prophet before Him.
And now the scriptures:
- Revelation 19:10 (NASB) —Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
- Mark 1:22 — 22 They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
- Mark 3:28 — 28 “Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
- John 7:16 — 16 So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.”
- John 14:10 — 10 “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 initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.”