Text: Matthew 5:17, Luke 4:16-22, John 1:1-14, John 8:28
Christ was the perfect Prophet. He was both the messenger and the message—the Word made flesh. The message He proclaimed was not about a future redemption, but one that He himself would accomplish.
You’ve heard of Good King Wenceslaus, but did you know he had an evil twin brother named Boleslaus?
Born as twin princes to a royal Czech father and a tribal Slav mother, Wenceslaus and Boleslaus were the heirs to the throne in Bohemia. Boleslaus was raised at court by his pagan parents, but Wenceslaus was raised in the country by his Christian grandmother, Ludmila.
Wenceslaus was a good king because he not only proclaimed the gospel, but attentively lived and ruled by it.
When Wenceslaus inherited the throne, he established scriptural standards of justice and mercy throughout the kingdom. And the kingdom prospered under the young king’s generous rule. He applied the truths of the gospel to the practical aspects of both the governing and treatment of his fellow man. Renowned for his kindness to the poor, Wenceslaus was loved and celebrated by his people.
Meanwhile, his brother, who history unfortunately remembers as “Boleslaus the Cruel,” was filled with jealousy. Boleslaus waited for a cold morning and ambushed Wenceslaus, assassinating him and living up to his name. After his assassination, Wenceslaus was celebrated as a martyr.
The moral of this story is not “live like Good King Wenceslaus.” Even the king himself would agree. As with the story of any good king, the lesson is to live like Christ. It was Wenceslaus’s love for Christ that translated into benevolence toward his people. He looked to Christ’s perfect example, and brought the goodness of the gospel to Bohemia.
Christ is also our perfect example—and not just our example, but our Savior.
Christ is the perfect prophet. He is both the message and the messenger. He is the Word made flesh. Think back on the offices of a prophet we’ve studied so far this week, and look how Christ performs all of these roles with His very person:
He is the perfect Prophet because He proclaims what is to come, and the future He proclaims is Christ glorified (Luke 4). Christ is the perfect Prophet because He both proclaims our freedom and accomplishes it. He is more than just another prophet; He is the Prophet who accomplishes His own mission of salvation.
He is the perfect Prophet because He calls for repentance and offers us forgiveness (Matthew 4:17). He is the embodiment of both justice and mercy.
He is the perfect Prophet because He declares God’s living Word. He is at the same time the prophet and the message. He is the living Word (John 1:1-14).
While Christ is Himself the perfect Prophet, He also fulfills and reinforces the Old Testament prophets. Their words still matter, and they matter because of Christ (Matthew 5:17). This is God’s love for us: that while we were in darkness, He showed His love by bringing light and being the light.
Christ is both prophet and prophecy. He is both the messenger and the message. Thanks be to God!