Week 4: Why Did Jesus Come to the Earth?
Main Idea: Jesus is prophet. Jesus is priest. Jesus is king. He comes as a missionary into human history to serve us in these various ways.
As we learned in the previous chapter, the Old Testament is all about Jesus. This week expands on that even further as we see some of the major themes of the OT (the prophets, priests, and kings) being fulfilled perfectly in Jesus as the Prophet, the Priest, and the King.
1. What is one thing you learned about Jesus that was new to you?
2. Do you most identify with Jesus as prophet, priest, or king?
3. Do you find yourself leaning more towards:
Prophet + King – Priest :: Jesus speaks truth and calls you to repentance and He is King over every aspect of your life, but He isn’t kind, supportive, encouraging, or loving. This leads to the idea that God is kind of a jerk and you follow Him and obey because you’re afraid of Him.
Prophet + Priest – King :: Jesus speaks truth and calls you to repentance and He mediates between you and God as He comes along side you in love, encouragement, and support, but you don’t see Him as King over every aspect of your life. This leads to knowing what is in the Bible and knowing who Jesus is, but there are some areas of your life that are private and Jesus does not have access to those parts. They are yours. This is living a life full of hypocrisy.
Priest + King – Prophet :: Jesus mediates between you and God as He comes along side you in love, encouragement, and support and He is King over every aspect of your life, but He would never call you on your sin and would never call you to repentance. This leads to the very liberal side of Christianity that fits into your own preferences, likes and feelings. This view of Jesus would never say anything to you that might be even a little bit offensive.
4.How might this be affecting your relationship with Jesus?
5. What is something (or mutiple things) your core group can do to encourage each other to see Jesus as all three?
6. What steps can you, personally, take to develop a fuller, more complete understanding of the person and work of Jesus?
2 Samuel 7:12-13