Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.(Isaiah 42:1)
We’ve looked at what it means for Jesus Christ to be our Advocate (High Priest), now we’re gonna look at what it means for us to be His advocates. This is gonna be a wild ride, so let’s dive into what it means to be a prophet!
On the Sabbath, Jesus is sitting by the sea when a crowd of people swarm Him, so He gets into a boat and starts teaching them in parables! He tells them one in particular about a sower spreading seed: some got eaten by birds, some got scorched by the sun, some got choked out by thorns, and others were fruitful. The disciples, confused, asked Jesus why He’s only teaching in parables. Because of Israel’s rejection of their Messiah, the parables revealed truth to those with receptive hearts and concealed truth from those with hardened hearts. The disciples, on the other hand, were blessed, because they’d been chosen to fully experience what the prophets could only get a peek at! Jesus then explains the meaning of the parable to them, with the different soils representing people’s different receptions of the Gospel.
The Old Testament prophets were often called servants of God because they did God’s will and acted as His hands and feet on the Earth (Amos 3:7-8). A big part of that involved calling Israel to serve God by pointing ahead to the promise of the Messiah; in essence, the prophets were servants who made servants! Isaiah prophesied a future Ruler from David’s line who would be filled with God’s Spirit and bring God’s rule over all nations (Isaiah 11:1-10). Daniel saw a vision of a Man coming before the throne of God and receiving an everlasting Kingdom (Daniel 7:13-14). David prophesied the Messiah’s reign and priesthood, judging the nations with God at His side (Psalm 110). As prophets we’re called to be servant-makers, who point back to the Gospel! Our witness to Jesus is what creates more servants and expands the Kingdom (Acts 1:8)! The Lord has commissioned us as His servants, His hands and feet on Earth, to go and proclaim the good news of His Kingdom to everyone we can, making more servants for His name.
As great as this all sounds, this kind of prophetic work is impossible by human strength alone; the prophets of old didn’t move the people of Israel to action on their own. The same way God gave the prophets a glimpse of the Messiah to infuse them with hope and power, Jesus reveals Himself to us! As Paul is recounting his life story before the Jewish king Agrippa, he explains how his life of ministry as an apostle, calling people to repent and live for Christ, was all because of Jesus radically revealing Himself on the road to Damascus (Acts 26:16). It was because they had experienced the risen Lord personally that the apostles gave the rest of their lives to make servants for Him (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). The Holy Spirit strengthens us as servants by making Jesus real to us, giving us an encounter with His presence and glory!
Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of Me.(Acts 26:16)