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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
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He’s Not Just A Prophet
In Matthew 21 we see Jesus as He rides into Jerusalem on a donkey As He came to the town of Bethphage unto the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples to get this donkey and her colt. He tells them if any man says anything to tell him the Lord hath need of it and he will let it go. This was done to fulfill the prophecy Zacharias wrote in 9:9. He entered the city in what is called the triumphal entry but I wonder what was in His mind as He came into the city? Could He have been thinking; one day I will enter here as Ruler of the world and sit on my father David’s throne and reign for a thousand years? He was probably thinking; you cheer me now but in a few days you will crucify me. As He came riding into the city people lined the roads and tossed palm leaves and clothes into the way to line the way for Him to ride. They cried out Hosanna to the Son of David, or save us thou Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, save us! They recognized him that day as Messiah but in a few days as I said they will cry out crucify Him. Some asked who is this as the city was moved or agitated at His entrance. But in verse 11 I want to get our thought for the week as the multitude answered their question and said this is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. I want to affirm to you, He was not just a prophet. This whole scene proves He was more than a prophet, He was Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah and Savior of the world. I want to see four proofs of that in this message.
The first thing we will see about Him is He was the Creator. All the way back in Genesis 1 it is said time and again “and God said”. There wasn’t a bang. There wasn’t an amoeba which started to grow. There wasn’t a pollywog that crawled out of the sea and decided to grow lungs, legs and stand upright and begin to walk. No, God said let these things appear and they did. Then He said let us make man in our image. Now, who is God speaking to? He is talking to His precious Son and to the Holy Spirit who make up the Godhead and who were also there in the beginning. Jesus was the co-Creator of the world and of man as John tells us in 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made”. But, how does He riding into Jerusalem on a donkey prove that He is the Creator? In Mark 11 he tells us that this donkey had never had a man to sit upon it before, it was unbroken. But Jesus sat upon it because He was the Creator of it and the donkey knew who Jesus was and became meek and humble and carried Him into the city. In other instances we see Him Lord over creation in the draught of fishes in Luke 5; in Matthew 21 we see as He cursed the fig tree and it withered away; we see Him as He calms the storm in Mark 4. O yes, He was Creator.
Next we see He wasn’t just a prophet but He was also the Messiah. How does this prove He was the Messiah you ask? Throughout His life He proved Himself as Messiah, the promised One of Israel. But Israel only wanted one to save them from Rome and their bondage. He came to save them eternally but they wouldn’t accept Him. But looking at His life He fulfilled too much prophecy to be an imposter. He was too powerful to be a fraud and too loving and compassionate to be a phony. Some of the prophecies He fulfilled were in His virgin birth which was prophesied in Isaiah 7 and fulfilled in Luke 1. Another was the place of His birth prophesied in Micah 5 and fulfilled in Matthew 2. In Psalms 72 it was told He would receive gifts and He did in Matthew 2. There were some 49 Old Testament prophecies which Jesus fulfilled in His earthly ministry. What other person could do that except the Messiah? He was too powerful not to be the Messiah. He caused the storm to cease in Mark 4 and the disciples” feared exceedingly and said one to another, what manner of man is this that even the wind and sea obey Him?” Also He was too loving and compassionate not to be the Messiah as we see in John 11 where He went to the house of Mary and Martha after their brother died and He wept with them before raising him from the dead. Again we see this as He is praying for Jerusalem in Matthew 23 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…… how oft would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wing, and ye would not!”
Also we see that He is Lord. Not only was He Lord then, He is Lord now. Philippians 2 tells us “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”. Whether man wants to recognize that or not He is still Lord. Can anyone deny that He is the One who has authority? He should be Lord of our lives at all times but in our selfishness and stubbornness many time He isn’t but He never ceases to be Lord. What proves this? Isaiah prophesied it and John heralded it in Matthew 3: 3. The angels proclaimed it in Luke 2: 11. The leper recognized it in Matthew 8: 2-3. The centurion called it in Matthew 8: 5-10. And the thief on the cross hung all his hope on it in Luke 23: 42.
Not only was He the Creator, the Messiah and Lord, lastly, we also see He is the Savior. Ever since Adam sinned in the garden man needed a Savior. Romans 3: 10 says “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one”. And again in 3: 23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Man is a sinner and needs a Savior and Jesus became what man needed. But in order to be the Savior He had to go to the cross. Hebrews 9:22 states “but without the shedding of blood, there is no remission” or the rolling away or forgiveness of sins. But it didn’t end there: in three days He raised from the dead and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us as well as the whole world. Paul tells us in Romans 10: 13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.
He is all this and more and the only condition of salvation is that you humble yourself, turn from your sins and call upon Him to save you. Accept the free gift of God today. Now is the accepted time, today is the day of salvation.