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Jesus the Prophet

John Collins04/11/2012
Matthew 21 tells us how Jesus stopped the village of Bethphage near the Mount of Olives, and sent two disciples to retrieve a donkey and a colt.

He told them that if anyone asked anything about taking them, they would respond that "The Lord needs them," and they would be freely given.  Jesus told them how he would be fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah, when he said that the King would come humble, mounted on a donkey.

The disciples brought the donkey and the colt, and took their cloaks off to lay on the animals.  Jesus sat on the animals and started towards Jerusalem.

As he went, many of the followers lay their own cloaks upon the road before Jesus.  Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  They were reverent to the Christ, and did not want the feet of the animals to even touch the ground.  Both the crowds that went before him and the crowds that followed started shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!"

When they entered into Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred.  Many asked who this was that entered the city on a donkey with a large crowd praising Him.  Those that followed Jesus said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee!"

We know that Jesus is the Savior, but are sometimes forgetful that He was also a prophet.  Jesus would foretell events, sometimes to the crowds and sometimes alone to the disciples, but always with more than one witness to His prophecies.  Jesus would heal the eyes of the blind, and the blind would immediately receive their sight.  He would show discernment, telling people their names as they approached.  

The people did not announce Him as "King" or "Savior."  They did not announce him as "Christ" or "Son of Man".  They announced him as "The prophet Jesus."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we follow prophets that do not tell their prophecies to many witnesses?  Do those that profess the power of "faith healing" have the power of God that heals instantly, or do they have some other power that sends the people to fend for themselves?  Do they discern names from God above, or do they claim to have angels on the platform with them while making the afflicted write their names on prayer cards?   Do we raise these "faith healers" to an object of worship, almost to the point that they should enter the congregations mounted on a donkey?  Or do we focus on Jesus Christ?