But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are the Potter; and we are all the work of Your hands.(Isaiah 64:8)
We’ve looked at what it means for Jesus Christ to be our Advocate (High Priest), now we’re gonna look at what it means for us to be His advocates. This is gonna be a wild ride, so let’s dive into what it means to be a prophet!
After Jesus sends out the Twelve, He moves on to preach and teach in other cities. Meanwhile, in prison, John the Baptist hears about all the things Jesus is doing, yet wonders why he’s still suffering in prison, so he sends messengers to ask if He truly is the Messiah. Sensing that John’s suffering is causing him to doubt, Jesus encourages him not to stumble or give up because of his trials, pointing to all the gracious love He pouring out on the poor through His miracles and preaching as evidence. Since the crowds probably overheard John’s doubtful question, Jesus turns to them and explains just how important he is, exalting him as the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. He’s strong, steadfast, and the Forerunner of the Messiah Himself, the new Elijah sent by God before the Day of the Lord! Jesus assures the crowds that, although He and John have been persecuted and rejected, the proof was in the pudding.
Elijah was easily the most memorable prophet in Israel’s history. The first resurrection in the Bible happened through him (1 Kings 17:22), he defeated an army of false prophets on Mt. Carmel with fire from Heaven (1 Kings 18:38), and he was taken up to Heaven in a chariot of fire without dying (2 Kings 2:10-11)! He was best known, however, for his rugged lifestyle and headstrong attitude; Elijah was a man of unwavering spirit, powerful conviction, and incredible boldness. The prophets predicted that God would send someone with the strength of Elijah before the Day of the Lord, which was fulfilled in John the Baptist (Luke 1:17). Like Elijah, John was strong-willed and hot-blooded, passionately calling Israel to repent and get ready for Jesus’ arrival, which Jesus praised him for! As prophets, we’re called to be spiritually rugged and strong, firmly planted in Jesus so we’re not blown away by everything that comes at us (1 Corinthians 15:58)! Like Elijah and John the Baptist, we need to have soft hearts and thick skin; people that are both loving and rock-solid in their conviction.
However, we often let our challenges and suffering get the best of us. So how do we become people like that? As our Father and Creator, God is like a Blacksmith, we are His material. He knows us inside and out, He loves us with an everlasting love, and He’s got a plan for our lives, so He lovingly puts us in the fire of discipline and trials! Peter says we shouldn’t be surprised by the fiery trials that come upon us as if it were some odd thing, we should embrace it (1 Peter 4:12)! James says we should count it all joy when trials and tribulations come at us, because they strengthen our faith (James 1:3) Paul says the suffering we go through isn’t even worth comparing to the glory it’s earning for us in the Kingdom (Romans 8:18)! When we surrender our suffering to God, it becomes a tool in His hands to purify and mold us! As our Abba Father who loves and cares about us, God is more than willing to use our suffering to strengthen and deepen our faith, which is more precious than gold and silver (1 Peter 1:7).
- Prophets are some of the sickest people in the entire Bible. They’re known for being crazy, bold, and passionate about proclaiming the truth of God, and they stick to it. In Christ, we’ve been anointed as prophets, and the only way we’re gonna have that kind of faith is if we cry out to our Abba Father, and ask Him to use the things we go through in our everyday lives to burn away the things that don’t need to be there anymore, and mold us into the awesome image of Jesus, the ultimate Prophet. Do you wanna be someone with the spirit and power of a prophet? Cus I do.
He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.(Luke 1:17)