July 4 – Names of Jesus – Prophet

Read Mark 6:1-6

Jesus showed up in His hometown with His 12 best friends. He began to teach. His authority was from God, not other humans.

He was a hit, impressing practically everyone. “We had no idea He was this good!” they said. “How did He get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?”

But in the next breath they were finding fault with Him: “He’s just a carpenter—Mary’s boy. We’ve known Him since He was a kid. We know His brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does He think He is?” (Mark 6:1-3 MSG).

Even after all the miracles of healing which Jesus worked, He still was not accepted even in His own town. As He taught in the synagogue, there the audience was amazed how this ordinary man, whom they knew as a carpenter, could attain such wisdom. They rejected Him.

Why? Perhaps they did not know what He had done. Perhaps they were jealous. But they did not welcome Him, even though He was a prophet and the Son of God. At a later time, He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth.”

A prophet is a spokesman for God (Exodus 7:1 and John 4:19). The teachings of Jesus apply to us today:

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”.   Mark 10:45 NIV
(Jesus was a servant)

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. (Jesus is the only way).

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”.  Matthew 6:33
(Our priorities are important).

“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”.   Matthew 5:16 NIV
(Our daily attitude can positively affect others)

“… Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”. Mark 12:30
(The greatest commandment).

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31.
(A great way to live).

Tom Weckesser

Questions to consider:

  • What does this name of Jesus mean to you?
  • Where did Jesus receive His authority and why is that so important?
  • Based on the shared definition of a prophet, how can you be one today? Who can you bring closer to Christ?

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