Because they’re real, because they involve the entire universe and not just a galaxy far, far away and because they’re almost over, these Star Wars are epic! Welcome to another exciting episode of Epic Star Wars! This week’s episode…
Episode V: Revelation of the Savior
A long time ago, God promised us that He would deliver man from sin. He gave them a divine hope. God and His angels have been warring with the rebel alliance for thousands of years. But soon, these Epic Star Wars will be brought to an end by our divine hope, our only Hope.
Who is our only Hope? Let’s find out! But before we begin, let us pray.
Help us, O God, to see Who our only Hope is and the work He was sent to do for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We know that God has given us a message of hope and we know that we will not have to deal with the rebel alliance for much longer. But how will He deal with it? The answer is found in Gen. 3:15. Let’s read this promise once again.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
In our last episode, we saw that God put hatred between these two seeds, the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, who we know is Satan. We also saw that our deliverance from sin would come from the seed of the woman.
Through this Savior, our only Hope, we will be saved. But who is He? What would He be like? The Scriptures describe Him in countless ways, but we will only focus on a few of them. From the book of Deuteronomy, we know that our Savior would be a prophet.
“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” (Deut. 18:18, 19)
From this text, we can see that the Prophet God would raise would come from the nation of Israel, their brethren, and speak the words that God would command Him to speak. Furthermore, the people would know who He was if what He prophesied came to pass.
“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” (Deut. 18:21, 22)
Furthermore, this tested prophet would be like Moses, a humble servant of God, one whose mission to deliver Israel would be confirmed by signs as Moses was (Exod. 4:1-9, 29-31). Reviewing the life of Moses seems to be a vital key in understanding the Savior. This is something I will do personally later on.
In the book of Daniel, we can also see that the Savior would be a Messiah and a Prince among us.
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” (Dan. 9:25)
According to the Strong’s Concordance, Messiah means “anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint).” So the Savior would be consecrated, set apart, to do a special work. We don’t have to look too hard to see what that work is, because it is given to us in Dan. 9:24.
“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”
Is this not the end of the Seed of the Woman God promised to us? Read this verse again carefully. Make an end of sins? Reconciliation for iniquity? Bring in everlasting righteousness? Sealing up the vision and the prophecy?
The angel Gabriel showed Daniel (and us) that the Savior would arise from among Daniel’s people and be consecrated to do a priestly work for Israel. No earthly priest has the ability to bring in everlasting righteousness, so there must be a divine nature to this Messiah.
He is also called a prince in this prophecy. According to the Concordance, a “prince” in this verse is defined as “a civil, military, or religious commander.” The book of Daniel also describes this Prince as a “Prince of Princes” and a “prince of the covenant” (Dan. 8:24; 11:22).
Remember the new covenant we discussed in Jer. 31:33, 34? This is the covenant that the Prince will establish with His people! Read Isa. 55:3, 4.
“Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.”
From these prophecies, what do we see? An everlasting covenant and everlasting righteousness. A consecrated Messiah, set apart by God, to do a priestly work. A leader and commander to God’s people. These prophecies indicate that the Messiah’s work is the work of a civil, military, and a religious commander.
A divine one, at that, for He will make an eternal covenant with them. No wonder Satan has been working so hard to keep these messages hidden from us!
Now note carefully Who is giving us these prophecies. We see in the book of Deuteronomy that God Himself told Moses the understanding that our Savior would be a prophet like him. We can also see that God Himself told Isaiah and Daniel that the Savior would do the work of a priest and a ruler (Dan. 9:21, 22).
These prophecies were given to us by God Himself and He is describing in detail what our Savior would be like and what He would do. From these prophecies, these messages of hope, we can see that the Savior would be a prophet, a priest, and a ruler who will bring an end to sin, that phantom menace, and establish the new covenant with His people.
Through studying the Gospels of the New Testament, we know that our only Hope is Jesus Christ. In searching the prophecies, we know it be true. We know that He came from among the nation of Israel, through the line of Judah and the house of David (Mt. 1:17; Lk. 3:32-38).
We know that He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to serve Jew and Gentile alike. We know He spent His entire ministry doing the work that God said He would do through His prophets (Isa. 61:1-3; Lk. 3:21, 22). He taught incredible, simple, life-changing lessons to the people concerning the things of Heaven and Earth, words that God commanded Him to speak (Jn. 9).
We know He prophesied abundantly. During His ministry, Jesus prophesied of things that would happen in His ministry and they happened (Lk. 5:4, 19:31-35)! He also prophesied of the things to happen before His return and they are happening right now (Mt. 24:3-12)!
By healing the sick, feeding entire multitudes, and raising the dead among other things, Jesus confirmed His ministry by signs that could only be performed through divine power (Lk. 9:11-17; Jn. 11). Through His ministry and the ministry of His apostles, Jesus confirmed the everlasting covenant with many of the Jews and Gentiles.
But confirming this everlasting covenant with us came at a terrible price. What was this price paid for us? Find out in the next exciting episode of Epic Star Wars!