Sometimes, it is good to be reminded of things, even if we haven’t really forgotten them. We may not forget that Christ is risen, but it should cause us to rejoice when it is brought to our attention. We may not forget the Lord’s promises, but it is no less meaningful to hear them repeated. In our text for tonight, we are reminded of some things that we probably haven’t forgotten about, but we are blessed through the reminder all the same.
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Those were the words of John the Baptizer who came as a forerunner of the Messiah. He knew who Jesus was, and he directed others to the savior as well.
Jesus had the power and authority to call twelve legions of angels to come to his aid instead of enduring the cross of Calvary. So why didn’t he? Why did he go through with the pain and agony and shame and even death? That’s what we are going to consider in today’s study. Special thanks given to sermontree.com, which was my source for this outline.
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When we talk about Jesus we have a number of titles that are given to him. Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, The Great Physician, and The Good Shepherd are just a few of the names that refer to our Lord.
All of those make sense to us. Another one that we know well is Messiah. But what does that word mean? The word Messiah (from the Hebrew mashiach) and its Greek counterpart (Christos from which we get the word Christ) literally means, “Anointed one.” It was used to refer to those under the Law of Moses who had been anointed with oil (usually having it poured over his head) in order to serve in a particular way within the nation of Israel.
There are examples in the Old Testament of anointed being down in three specific instances. Kings were anointed (1 Samuel 15:1). Priests were anointed (Exodus 30:30). And we also read of a command for a prophet to be anointed (1 Kings 19:16).
In Hebrews 1:1-3, we have a description of Jesus that describes him in all three of these roles. The Hebrew writer says:
 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV)
God spoke through the prophets of the Old Testament in many ways, but in the last days he speaks through his Son, making Jesus a prophet.
The priests under the Law of Moses were charged with offering animal sacrifices in order to make atonement for the sins of the people. Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice, once and for all making purification from sin, something the blood of bulls and goats could not do (Heb. 10:4), so Jesus is a priest of the highest order.
After making purification for sins, Jesus sat down at the right hand of God to reign for eternity. He is a king, and his kingdom is his church.
Jesus is the Messiah; he is the Christ, the anointed one. He is prophet, priest, and king, and his way is better than all other ways, because only his way leads to the Father (John 14:6).