March 20 – LD 12, Day 2: Our Chief Prophet
Wednesday the 20th of March
in Heidelberg Catechism Meditations
Deuteronomy 18:18 “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”
Jesus Christ teaches us as prophet through the written and preached Word.
We usually think of a prophet as one who tells the future, but we may not limit the prophetic office to that. A prophet is a spokesman for God, a teacher. He comes as an official ambassador of the God of heaven and earth with a message from the King. The prophet does not bring his own words, but the words of Jehovah. Who is better qualified for this work than Jesus Christ, who, as the Son of God designed the plan of salvation? He is the Word of God who comes to us in power and authority in order to set before us God’s will. With great clarity and power, Jesus set forth God’s will while on earth.
But, He died, was resurrected and having ascended, He is no longer present to teach us in person. Where in this world will you come into contact with God’s prophet? You need to attend church, come under the preaching, and spend time in devotion to the Bible. That is where Christ is present. He now ministers His prophetic office from heaven, and the ministers of the Word are but servants, ambassadors of Christ. But, it is Christ Himself who speaks in every worship service through the faithful preaching, and it is Christ who personally has a message for me every time I open the Bible to study it.
With this in mind, we eagerly attend to and listen to the preaching, and we read our Bibles trusting that by His Spirit, Jesus Christ as our prophet will teach and lead us into the truth. (John 14:26)