…the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things into which angels long to look.
– 1 Peter 1:10-12 NASB
In this passage, the apostle Peter is reviewing for his readers how God had announced in advance His plan for Messiah.
The prophets – which included Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel as well as the twelve minor prophets – sought God to understand how this plan for Messiah was to work. Also included in the prophets are Moses, David, and those who wrote the remaining writings that constitute the Old Testament. Not all prophets wrote. For example, we have no writings attributed to Elijah or Elisha. But the prophets who did write spoke on God’s behalf not only about Israel’s history and its contemporary issues but also prophesied of the great day toward which God was building – the day in which Messiah would rise to rule creation.
As you have seen, these prophecies were like a jigsaw puzzle, where the various pieces must be assembled in order to convey a coherent picture. Only they appeared like a riddle to everyone but the prophets because the pieces did not easily fit together. Some Jews thought there must be two Messiah’s coming – one who suffered and another who was glorified. Only in the life of Jesus of Nazareth was it revealed that the sufferings came in Messiah’s earthly life and the glories came in His resurrected life.
Jesus did not walk the earth as God. Rather, He walked it as one of us – even as the humblest of us all. Therefore, now He reigns in glory – the greatest God imaginable!
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for having Your thoughts committed to writing and preserved for us: that which we call “the Bible.” Through these writings of Your prophets (i.e. the Old Testament) and the apostles (i.e. the New Testament), You have provided us adequate documentation for understanding Your plan. I will not worry about the parts of the Bible that I don’t understand; help me today to apply the parts I do…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.