At Christmas, our focus is often on Baby Jesus—and rightly so! Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. But Jesus is more than just the celebrated Baby born in a manger. He is the Son of God and God the Son, who came to earth, was appointed to die on a cross, and was raised to life so that we might know the Father and have life in His name. The joy of Christmas goes hand in hand with the hope of Easter Resurrection.
His ministry fulfills what biblical scholars call the threefold office of Christ, which was foreshadowed in the Old Testament: He is our Prophet, Priest, and King. He is the true Prophet, declaring God’s Word to His people once and for all. He is the faithful High Priest, who intercedes for us, not by the blood of rams or goats or sheep, but by His own blood spilled on the cross. He is the reigning King seated at the right hand of God, who declares that evil will not have the last word.
This Christmas season, my hope and prayer is that you would cherish the truth of Christ’s coming and see the Bible through a new lens as we take the time to look through Scripture and examine how Christ truly was the long-expected Prophet, Priest, and King foretold in the pages of the Old Testament, born to set us—His people—free.
Amy M. Hirsch