Messenger Of The Covenant

Jesus not only established the new covenant that God had promised for His people (see Mediator of the New Testament above). He was also the Messenger whom God sent to announce that this new covenant was now a reality. In this messianic passage, the prophet Malachi declares that Jesus the Messiah would come as the Messenger of the Covenant.
 
Throughout the history of Israel, God had sent many agents to deliver His message to His people. The greatest of His messengers were the prophets, who often delivered unpopular messages were the prophets, who often delivered unpopular messages of divine judgement against the nation’s sin and rebellion. But Jesus was the divine Messenger who stood out above all the others. He was the Messenger of the covenant of grace that God the Father had established with a sinful world.
 
About six hundred years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah announced that God the Father would send His servant with a message of joy and comfort for all people. At the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus identified with this prophecy. He stood in the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth and read these words from Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19). Then He declared, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:21).
 
For more than three years, Jesus served as the faithful Messenger of God’s new covenant of grace that He had been sent to establish. Then His earthly ministry ended with His death on the cross and His glorious resurrection, God’s plan from the beginning was that His Messenger would eventually become the Message-the good news (gospel) about God’s love for sinners.