Fulfilled to the Fullest

All the prophets … have foretold these days. (Acts 3:24)

Yesterday we heard the Lord’s words pointing forward to the Moses-like prophet whom the Lord would raise up for His people. But not only was Jesus the fulfillment of this prophecy, but of many prophecies, going all the way back to Genesis 3:15. To Eve, as she was just beginning to experience the destructive effects of sin, God prophesied that her offspring would one day crush Satan’s head – Jesus did so at His cross and empty tomb and will do so once and for all on the Last Day!

David prophesied in great detail about how Jesus would suffer through being forsaken by His father, through the piercing of His hands and feet, through watching soldiers play games to receive His only earthly possessions, and more (Ps. 22:1, 16, 18). Like a Lamb led to slaughter, Jesus did not open His mouth to defend Himself, and He was buried in a rich man’s grave (Is. 53:7, 9). Though Jesus truly died, God did not abandon Him to the grave (Ps. 16:10; Ac. 2:29-32) but raised Him up for us!  This is just a sampling of the prophecies that only Jesus could and did fulfil!  Jesus fulfills God’s Word and the longings of God’s people to the fullest!

Jesus, help me trust that You will fulfill all your promises for me. Amen.

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A Prophet Like Me

“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command you” (Deuteronomy 18:18)

 Men like Moses are hard to come by. The dedication to his God and his people is nearly unrivaled in the rest of Scripture. The qualities he exemplified are seldom found today. That a person would put aside his own wants and desires, his own anger and frustration, in order to love the people. Devotion to God and devotion to his brothers; a prophet unlike any other! One like Moses God promised to raise up from among the Israelite people. Along comes Jesus the Christ. His devotion to His Father was unwavering and complete. His dedication to his fellow man was equally comprehensive and steadfast. It was in His final journey through Jerusalem that we discover just how far He would go for God and His people. All the way! Devotion like this is unheard of! And it is for you!

Jesus, thank you for your complete devotion to us. Amen.