This Study Question is based on Epic Star Wars, Episode V: Revelation of the Savior.
Q: What can some of the other titles of Jesus Christ tell us about Him? Why do we need to know about them today?
Let me be clear that I am not asserting that Jesus is an angel like the ministering spirits we have been studying. Angel worship is expressly forbidden in the Bible (Exod. 20:1-5; Deut. 4:15-20, 17:2-7; Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10, 22:9). But the fact that He is given this title testifies to the nature of His work and the humility of His character. Let’s see how Jacob, now called Israel, viewed this Angel.
“And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” (Gen. 48:15, 16)
The only Person Israel could be acknowledging in this prayer, besides the Lord (which he did first), is Jesus. He knew that the Angel redeemed him from the trials in his life, from the schemes of his cunning uncle Laban to the vengeful intentions of his brother Esau (Gen. 31:11-13, 24-29; 32-33:1-4).
Look carefully at how the Lord describes the Angel in Exod. 23:20-22.
“Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.”
God sent Jesus to keep Israel in the way, to go before them and lead them into the Promised Land. (Although this seems to be a literal case, it is an amazing truth when it is combined with Gen. 18:19.) Moreover, God specifically said that His name “is in Him.” Only the Son of God possesses this high honor.
As long as the Israelites obeyed the Angel and listened to the Lord God, no enemy or adversary could stand against them on their journey to the Promised Land. What an amazing foreshadowing of the Messiah’s mission today!
Applying the message of Heb. 1:14 to Jesus, we can see that Jesus is a minister sent by God to serve those who shall be heirs of salvation. Jesus is ministering to us today as He ministered to Israel and His descendants long ago.
2. Captain of the Lord’s Host
“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?” (Jos. 5:13, 14)
Note how the Captain did not forbid Joshua from worshiping Him as the angel forbade John (Rev. 19:10; 22:9). He even commanded Joshua to remove his shoe from his foot as the Lord once instructed Moses to do at Mt. Sinai (Exod. 3:4-6).
From His title and this passage, we can see that Jesus is the leader of the Lord’s host, both the angels in heaven and His people on Earth. It was this Captain that gave Joshua the battle strategy to destroy the city of Jericho. Joshua obeyed Him and Israel was victorious. As long as Israel obeyed its divine Commander’s instructions, the Lord gave them victory (Exod. 23:22). Another great lesson for us today, as we continue to fight the battles of our lives.
3. The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6, 7)
These titles plainly testify that Jesus has a human and divine nature. Read these verses carefully. A child born unto the people of Israel, whose government and peace would never end. A Son who would reign from the throne of David. He will reign over an everlasting kingdom. He would have titles of authority equivalent with God. These are titles that a mere man could never possess. If the words of the prophet Isaiah were not true, then this would be considered blasphemy. But they are true and their meaning is plain.
The titles given to Jesus are important for us to know today because they give us a greater understanding who Jesus is. Each title and its context tells us more about who Jesus is, as we have seen. They also tell us about Jesus’ work for us today. Based on the titles we’ve studied, we know that Jesus is actively ministering for us now, the heirs of salvation.
Lastly, understanding these titles will keep us from being deceived by Satan and his rebel alliance. Soon, we will learn about a power that will try to claim to be Christ in the ultimate title match. It will claim to be everything Christ is and many will believe him. Only those who have an understanding of who Christ really is will be able to discern the true Christ from the false one. Now is the time to get to know our Savior before Satan takes his last shot at claiming the title of Christ.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20)
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14)