The Bible introduces us to some awe-inspiring prophets. The messages recorded, works accomplished, wisdom shared, leadership given, collectively take the breath away. Even so, there is One who stands high above them all, Messiah Yahshua! An understanding of His prophetic ministry grew for me as I read Matthew 24 and as my mind roamed over the records of His life my heart thrilled; He was pure Prophet.
But wait! The Apostle Peter calls Him ‘the chief Shepherd’ [1 Peter 5:4]. And if we allow our mind to roam the records again we find He was, indeed, pure Shepherd. In fact, Yahshua worked perfectly as an Evangelist ministering to the lost, as a Teacher feeding the hungry, as an Apostle creating order and training leaders, and as a servant [Matthew 14:19-20; John 13:5]. No matter what He has entrusted you to do, you will find all you need to fulfil your call as you study the life of our beloved Saviour! He is the ultimate example, the definitive goal to strive towards.
Yahshua was also a Prayer Warrior. We learn that throughout His earthy life He “offered up both [specific] petitions and [urgent] supplications [for that which He needed] with fervent crying and tears to the One who was [always] able to save Him from death” [Hebrews 5:7 Amplified Bible]. We know He agonised in prayer at Gethsemane as He faced Calvary, but there were multiple times in His life when He cried and prayed.
It’s hard for us to realise that His needs were as complex, His desperation as distressing, as our own. He knew the frailties and weaknesses of the human state for He lived here with us, experiencing need and uncertainty as we do, and He implored, besought, and entreated His Father. Our wonderful Saviour is able to relate to us in every way. Charles Spurgeon writes, “He can have pity upon you in your loneliness, your distraction, your apparent desertion, your sinking of heart, your sorrowfulness even unto death. Look to Him…and be of good cheer”. He completely understands, for He has been there and done that!