Seek the Lord while you can find Him, call on Him now while He is near.(Isaiah 55:6)
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!
When Jesus hears about John the Baptist’s death, He goes to be by Himself and pray. But the crowds hear about it and follow Him to the deserted place where He was at. Jesus sees all the people who came seeking Him and was moved by His compassion for them, so He healed the sick among them. Once it’s night, rather than sending them away to find food, He has the disciples bring Him whatever food they have, multiplying it so abundantly that everyone is filled with baskets of leftovers! Jesus then sends the disciples over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, where they get caught in a windstorm. Early in the morning, He goes out to them by walking on the sea, telling them not to be afraid because He’s there with them! He calls Peter to come, and Peter walks on water too, but falls in as soon as he takes his eyes off of Jesus. Once they reach the other side, a bunch of people come to touch Him, and they’re healed.
If the prophets were famous for anything, it was their constant message of warning and repentance. They were always calling Israel to turn from their sin and seek God, otherwise they would face His righteous anger and judgment! Zephaniah’s description of God’s judgment is the most brutal of all the prophets, yet he offers hope for deliverance to those willing to seek the Lord and His righteousness (Zephaniah 2:3). Amos called the idolatrous city of Bethel to turn, seek God, and live! Otherwise, the Lord would tear through Israel like an unstoppable, all-consuming fire (Amos 5:6). Seeking God wasn’t always about escaping punishment, though. David, while singing his praise and gratitude to God, told the people to look to the Lord, seeking His goodness forever (1 Chronicles 16:11)! Jesus tells His disciples to seek God and His Kingdom above everything else instead of worrying about their needs (Matthew 6:33). As people who’ve been rescued from destruction, we passionately desire and seek our Savior out of love and gratitude for the One who first loved us (1 John 4:10)! And not only that, His love compels us to seek others, snatching them from the fire (Jude 1:23)! The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost. That’s us. And He’s calling us to do the same with our former brothers and sisters in slavery!
- As prophets in Christ, we know the truth of God’s wrath and judgment against sin because we’ve been saved from it! The Son of God has come in our flesh and bone to take our place, bearing the full punishment for our evil on Himself so we could wear His robes of royalty and perfection. How could our hearts not go after Him with everything they’ve got?! We should be willing to give anything to know Him, to be like Him, to walk with Him each and every day! He reveals the Father to us, and He’s poured out the Holy Spirit on us so His presence could always be with us! Do you hunger and thirst for Him? If you’re thankful that God loved you more than you could ever know, sent His only perfect and beautiful Son to take your place, and sought you out, search for Him with all you’ve got!
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.(Luke 19:10)