Jesus and the Prophet

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What was there about Jesus that earned him the title of the “prophet”?

The gospels themselves indicate that the traditional image of Jesus himself is in fact that of a prophet. Jesus was convinced that God’s Spirit had called him to be a prophet, as he believes that God’s Spirit is ultimately the driving force in which guided him to become one. The people that came in contact with Jesus also understood him as a prophet, as according to Donald Senior, “the gospels repeatedly confirm: “He is a prophet equal to any of the prophets (MK: 6:15)” (128).” Another example of everyday people seeing Jesus as a prophet is in the gospel of Luke, “a great prophet risen among us (LK 7:16).” Through these exerts from the gospels it is apparent that Jesus was viewed as a prophet to all individuals.

It is important to understand the fact that Jesus himself did not reject his “given” title of the prophet; he adopts it on various occasions. For example in Luke 7:22 Jesus states, “Go back and report to John what you here and see; the blind recover their sight, the disabled walk, lepers are cured, the deaf here, the dead raised to life, and the poor have the good news preached to them.” This particular example exhibits the fact that Jesus is an individual who has been intimately involved with the divine spirit, which has enabled him to perform miracles.

It is also crucial to realize that Jesus did not consider himself just one more “prophetic voice” that was sent to Israel. According to Donald Senior, “Jesus’ prophetic message was not a voice in chorus but the finale,” which signifies not only was Jesus the last of the prophets, but also the greatest of all the prophets. This specific quotation from Senior can be justified by the fact that Jesus not only manifested power over death and sickness, but he also had power over the various elements of the earth. For example, in the gospel of Mark, when he was on the boat and the sea began to roar he stated, “Quite, be still!,”...
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