August 9, 2022     2:48 pm
231. Week of Fifth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
He is our Prophet and our Preacher
          The Lord, your God, will raise up for you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like me; to Him you shall listen.   Deuteronomy 18:15
          The office of our Lord Jesus is to redeem and save us. For this purpose He was sent into the world by the Father. Into this office He was installed by the Father; for this reason He is the Anointed, the Messiah, the Christ. As such He is, first of all, our Prophet, our Preacher. He is the great Prophet whose coming Moses foretold to the people of Israel in the words of Scripture quoted above. He is the only Prophet who reveals, proclaims, preaches to us the counsel and will of God respecting our redemption and salvation. There is no other prophet that could do this. For no man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." (John 1:18) Of Him the Father says: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." (Matt. 17:5) And how does He fulfil the duties of His prophetic office? When He sojourned on earth, He testified Himself both by word and deed, that is to say, by great signs and wonders, that He is the Son of God and the Saviour and Redeemer of the world. Then He ordered His disciples and Apostles to preach His Word and by inspiration of the Holy Spirit to put it down in writing. And what has thus been written, His Word, is to be proclaimed on earth to the end of days. And to His servants who proclaim this His Word He says: "He that hears you hears Me; and he that despises you despises Me; and he that despises Me despises Him that sent Me." (Luke 10:16) So at all times He, He alone, is the Prophet, the Preacher. Even in the Old Testament He was the Prophet, He, the Son of God, who was to become man. For the prophets who prophesied of the grace that should come did this by the "Spirit of Christ that was in them." (1 Pet. 1:11) My dear Christian, Jesus Christ is your only Prophet or Preacher. Listen to no other one! Accept no one besides Him! Hear His Word only, His Word, I say, and nothing else!
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, help me, a poor sinner, to listen to no one, no matter who he is or whence he comes, in everything pertaining to my salvation, but to You only. You are the one Prophet come from heaven. Your Word is the infallible Truth. To this Word let me cling, O Jesus, let me trust in it, let me depend on it in life and death. Amen.

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August 9, 2022     2:48 pm