Prince Of Princes

And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Daniel 8:25
 
This verse from the book of Daniel was fulfilled in Jewish history, but it also awaits its ultimate fulfillment in the end time. It refers to Antiochus IV, Epiphanes, an evil Greek ruler who persecuted the Jews, as well as the Antichrist of the last days, who is described in the book of Revelation.
 
Antiochus tried to force the Jewish people to adopt Greek culture, even going so far as to erect an altar to the pagan Greek god Zeus in the temple. His atrocities led to rebellion by the Jews under the leadership of the Maccabees during the period between the Old and New Testament. Antiochus died in disgrace following his defeat by these Jewish zealots.
 
The ultimate earthly evil focus will be the Antichrist, who stands against Christ, His church, and their influence for good in the world. But this evil person will be overcome by Christ (see Revelation 14:9-11; 19:20), just as Antiochus met defeat in his time. No earthly power is able to stand against the Prince of Princes. 


Prince

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:30-31
 
The apostle Peter used this title for Jesus in his sermon before the Jewish Sanhedrin. He and the other apostles had just been released miraculously from prison by an angel after they were arrested for preaching about Jesus. Peter declared in his sermon that the Jewish religious leaders were guilty of crucifying Jesus, the Prince whom God the Father had sent into the world. 
 
Prince is a title with at least three different meanings in the Bible. Peter could have had any one or all of these in mind when he referred to Jesus as a Prince.
 
1. A prince was the son of a king. If a king had several sons, his oldest was generally the one who succeeded his father on the throne. Perhaps Peter had Jesus as God’s Son in mind when he called him a Prince.
 
2. Prince is a generic term often used in the Bible for a leader or ruler. For example, when Moses tried to stop a fight between two Israelites, one of them asked him, “Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?” (Exodus 2:14). When Peter called Jesus a Prince, he may have been saying that Jesus had been exalted by God to serve as a ruler over His people. 
 
3. Sometimes the word prince is used as a synonym for king (see 1 Kings 11:34). By saying that Jesus was a Prince, Peter could have implied that He was the one and only sovereign ruler over God’s people.
 
What Peter said about Jesus as a Prince boils down to this: He is the one and only Son of God appointed by the Father to rule over HIs people like a good king, administering justice and righteousness in His name. 


Power Of God

We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
 
In this verse, the apostle Paul admits that many people were skeptical of a crucified Savior. If Jesus was such a great person, they reasoned, why did He wind up being executed on a Roman cross like a common criminal? To them His crucifixion was a sign of weakness, not a demonstration of strength.
 
On the contrary, Paul points out, Christ showed great power in His crucifixion. He was the very Power of God whom the Father sent to atone for the sins of the world through His death. The death of One on behalf of the many showed the extent of this divine power.
 
Jesus’ power was demonstrated many times during His earthly ministry. He stilled a storm and calmed the waters on the Sea of Galilee (see Mark 4:37-39). He cast demons out of a demented man (see Luke 4:31-35). He raised His friend Lazarus from the dead (see John 11:43-44). But He refused to come down from the cross and save Himself, although the crowd taunted Him to do so (see Matthew 27:39-43).
 
This is a good example of power under control. Jesus could have called legions of angels to come to His rescue (see Matthew 26:53). But this would have nullified the purpose for which God the Father had sent Him into the world. His divine power was never greater than when He refused to use it. 


Plant Of Renown

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.   Ezekiel 34:29
 
Is this verse from the prophet Ezekiel a description of the coming Messiah or a reference to the fertility of the renewed land of Israel? The KJV and NRSV translations treat the verse messianically, while the NASB and NIV render it as a reference to Israel.
 
The context of this verse provides support for the messianic interpretation. The entire thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel describes how God the Father will send a shepherd, His servant David, to feed His flock (see Ezekiel 34:23). As the Plant of Renown, this servant from David’s line will provide God’s people with all the food they need so “they shall be no more consumed with hunger.”
 
This name of God the Son is similar in meaning to His description of Himself as Bread. Jesus is the spiritual sustenance that Christians need to keep their faith healthy and in tune with His will for their lives.  


Physician

But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans ad sinners? And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. Luke 5:30-31
 
These verses are part of the account of Jesus’ calling of the tax collector, Matthew (also known as Levi), as His disciple. To celebrate the occasion, Matthew invited his tax collector associates and other friends to a “great feast” for Jesus and His disciples.
 
The scribes and Pharisees were horrified that Jesus and His disciples would associate with such sinful people. But Jesus made it clear that He had been sent to people such as these. They needed a Savior and Deliverer. He was the Physician who could heal them of their desperate sickness known as sin. 
 
Jesus’ role as Physician is one of the more prominent in the Gospels. Most of His miracles were performed for people who were suffering from various physical problems-blindness, deafness, leprosy, and possession by evil spirits. But in many of these miracles, He went beyond healing the body to healing the soul and the spirit through forgiveness of sin. For example, after healing a paralyzed man, He told him, “Be of good cheer; they sins be forgiven thee” (Matthew 9:2).
 
Jesus the Physician is still in the healing business. He offers hope to the discouraged, His abiding presence to the lonely, comfort to the grieving, and peace to the conflicted. But most of all, He brings deliverance from the most serious problems of the human race-sin and death. The apostle Paul expresses it like this: “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).


Our Passover

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 1 Corinthians 5:7
 
In this verse from his first letter to the believers as Corinth, the apostle Paul refers to the Jewish festival known as the Passover. This was the most important religious celebration among the Jews.
 
Passover commemorated the “passing over” of the houses of the Israelites when God destroyed all the firstborn of the land of Egypt. This occurred as God’s final plague against Egypt to convince the pharaoh to release the nation of Israel from slavery. The Jews escaped God’s judgement by following His command to mark their houses with the blood of sacrificial lambs.
 
Jesus is Our Passover, Paul declares, because He shed His blood to bring deliverance for God’s people, just as the first sacrificial lambs inaugurated the first Passover. We remember His sacrifice with reverence every time we partake of Communion, the Lord’s Supper,
 
The imagery of leaven in connection with Passover also appears in this verse. Leaven is another word for yeast, an ingredient used to cause bread to rise. But the Israelites left Egypt in such a hurry on the first Passover that they didn’t have time to add leaven to their bread dough and wait for it to rise (see Exodus 12:34). Thus, whenever they observed this holiday from that day on, they were to eat unleavened bread. This part of Passover was known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
 
Paul refers to Christians in this verse as a “new lump,” because they were “unleavened.” Just as unleavened bread symbolizes the Israelites’ freedom from Egyptian slavery, so Christians are unleavened, or separated from sin and death, by the perfect Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ. 


Only Wise God

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.   Jude 1:24-25
 
These final two verses of the epistle of Jude form one of the most inspiring benedictions in the New Testament. Jude wanted his readers to experience the joy of their salvation and to continue to be faithful in their witness to their Only Wise God, whom he clearly identified as Jesus their Savior.
 
This is the only place in the Bible where Jesus is called by this name. The New King James Version translates this phrase as “God our Savior, who alone is wise.” Only Jesus Christ has divine wisdom. Worldly wisdom is a poor substitute for the wisdom that God promises to those who follow Him as Savior and Lord.
 
Jesus the Son, and God the Father impart wisdom to believers by several methods-through the Holy Spirit, through the counsel of fellow Christians, and through the scriptures, the written Word of God. We will never be as wise as God, who is the fount of all wisdom. But we should be growing in this gift of grace as we walk with Him during our earthly journey. James advised the readers of his epistle: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5 NIV).
 
Another name of Jesus similar in meaning to Only Wise God is Wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24).


Only Begotten Son

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
 
Jesus used this name for Himself in His long discussion with Nicodemus about the meaning of the new birth (see John 3:1-21). This verse from that discussion is probably the best known passage in the entire Bible. Most Christians can quote it from memory. It had been called “the gospel in a nutshell” because its twenty-five words tell us so clearly and simply why Jesus came into the world.
 
The name Only Begotten Son describes Jesus’ special relationship with the Father. He is unique-the one and only of His kind who has ever existed. The fact that He was God’s one and only Son makes His role as our Savior all the more significant. God the Father sent the very best when He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. 
 
This name of Jesus appears only in the writings of the apostle John (see John 1:18; 3:18; 1 John 4:9). John in his Gospel also referred to Jesus as the Only Begotten of the Father (John 1:14).


One Chosen Out Of The People

Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.  Psalm 89:19
 
Psalm 89 focuses on God’s promise to King David that one of David’s descendants would always occupy the throne of Israel (see 2 Samuel 7:8-17). Thus the “one chosen out of the people” in this verse refers to David, because he was chosen by the Lord from among the sons of Jesse to replace Saul as king (see 1 Samuel 16:10-13).
 
But this psalm also looks beyond David’s time to its ultimate fulfillment in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The angel Gabriel made this clear when he appeared to the virgin Mary to tell her that she would give birth to the Messiah, God’s Chosen One. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest,” Gabriel declared, “and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:32).
 
As the One Chosen out of the People, Jesus was not a king in the same sense as David. He did not seek political or military power. His kingship was spiritual in nature. He ushered in the kingdom of God, the dominion over which He reigns with all those who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior. 


Minister Of The True Tabernacle

We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. Hebrews 8:1-2
 
One of the major themes of the book of Hebrews is the supremacy of Christ’s priesthood over the Old Testament sacrificial system. In this verse, the writer of Hebrews claims that the priesthood established during Aaron’s time (see Exodus 40:12-15) was only a shadow of the eternal priesthood provided for believers in heaven. Jesus is the priest of the heavenly sanctuary that God has established for His people; He is the Minister of the True Tabernacle. 
 
The most sacred place in the Jewish religious system was the inner sanctuary of the tabernacle or temple, known as “the most holy”, which represented God’s holy and awesome presence. Only the high priest could enter this section of the temple, and even he could do so only once a year, on the Day of Atonement. On this special occasion, he offered a sacrifice-first for his own sins and then for the sins of the people (see Leviticus 16:1-6).
 
When Jesus died on the cross, the heavy veil or curtain that sealed off this section of the temple was torn from top to bottom (see Matthew 27:50-51). This symbolized that all people now had access to God’s presence and forgiveness through the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus.
 
Jesus is now the perfect priest or Minister of the True Tabernacle in heaven. There, He conducts His ministry of intercession for all believers. “He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, ” the writer of Hebrews declares, “because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25).



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