Advent Series: 1Peter 1&2 The Prophets of Old
Imagine being called a prophet and then recording what the Spirit told them. The prophets of old “who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and his subsequent glory. They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things angels long to catch a glimpse of.”
As we glimpse into the past we find prophets like Micah who prophesied where Jesus would be born and Dr. Luke recorded it was so. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be born of a virgin and again Dr. Luke recorded it was so. Moses wrote that the Lord would raise up a prophet like him and John wrote that the crowds declared “This man surely is the Prophet.” The psalmist prophesied that the Messiah would be tempted by Satan and it was the gospel writer Matthew that recorded that event. The prophet Zechariah said he would enter Jerusalem triumphantly and it was fulfilled in Matthew/Luke and John.
The religious leaders in Herod’s day knew these words and the prophecy but relinquished their duty and let the Magi get the glory. It is as true then as today; men have the word of God but choose to ignore it. May we not be so guilty. May we treasure the prophecies.
Beloved, the signs were given hundreds of years before their fulfillment. Many scoffed but also many believed. What will you do?