Prophecy about Jesus
Christmas is over, and in preparation for the coming of Jesus, Isaiah talks about the virgin birth, that the one coming would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and “Price of Peace.”
Isaiah also refers to him as the “suffering servant,” and about the beating. Micah states that his birthplace would be in Bethlehem. Zachariah proclaims he would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Psalms speak about his hands being pierced and the dividing of his garments. Daniel 9 prophesies about the Messiah.
Our Christian faith has Jewish roots. The Gospel of John refers to the Word (Jesus) being present with God the Father and Holy Spirit at creation.
Do you realize that the proclamation of Jesus coming as a prophet is found in Deuteronomy 18 through Moses?
Moses tells the people in the Exodus that God will raise up a prophet from among their own people. God is going to do this because the people requested it. That happened because they were afraid. Because they were sinful, and feared God’s voice, or seeing God’s fire would kill them. God agreed with the request of the people affirming that they would die.
This prophet that God was going to lift up was one whom the Lord would put the words that he wanted the prophet to say in his mouth and that the prophet would speak everything God wanted spoken. He further said that anyone who did not heed what the prophet said in God’s name would be held accountable. God also makes it very clear that if any prophets would speak in the name of any other god or presume to speak in the Lord’s name something that the Lord did not say, they would die.
God permits others to speak for him, but cautiously, because if what is said did not come from God but the person speaking implied that it did, the speaker would be held accountable for their misrepresentation.
Unfortunately, we live in an age when there are false prophets among us. The gods they follow normally point to themselves.
Two people that come to mind are David Koresh, or Jim Jones. There are also people who claim they have been saved but continue to mislead and deceive. What is sad is that those who choose to follow these people and who turn away from Jesus Christ will be held accountable for their belief as will the person who misleads them. Jesus said, “If anyone causes one of these little ones — those who believe in me — to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matt 18:6)
This may sound unfair, but in God’s eyes we are the ones who chose to follow, and therefore we, not God, are the ones who made the decisions as to eternal life.
Behrens is pastor of Bethel, Loyalsock and Mill Creek United Methodist congregations.