Messiah the Prince
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. ~Daniel 9:25
One of the great passages of the Old Testament that refers to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to Earth for our sins is Daniel 9:25-27. In our devotion, He is powerfully referred to as Messiah the Prince. The name “Messiah” takes us back to Genesis 3:15 as the long-awaited One Who is the seed of the woman and in His appearance, crushes the head of the serpent. Let us see, this morning, Jesus, our Messiah Prince.
We see Messiah Prince Who was selected.
The name “Messiah” means the One “anointed.” In the New Testament, He is Jesus Christ. "Christ" specifically refers to Him as the Anointed One. "Christ" identifies Jesus as the “Messiah.” He is God’s select Servant and Son Who, in the fulness of time, was sent forth, "made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law.” He is Shiloh Who would come from the tribe of Judah for the gathering of the people. He is the Son Who was given, and of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.
We see Messiah Prince Who is Saviour.
“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31). The angel Gabriel told Joseph, “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners. He is the Mediator between God and man, Who gave Himself to be a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. As Saviour, He abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Through His death, He has destroyed him who has the power of death.
We see Messiah Prince Who is special.
The name “Prince” identifies Him as “the Leader," “the Captain,” and the One Who leads the way. He is the Prince of life, Whom God hath raised from the dead. He is the Prince of Peace Who gives us peace with God and the peace of God. He is the Prince of the kings of the earth. He is the Prince of princes. He is the Captain of our salvation and "the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
We see Messiah Prince Who is sovereign.
He is the One Who came forth out of Bethlehem to be Ruler in Israel. "The government shall be upon His shoulder." He is "the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords." He sits on the right hand of the throne of God. At His Second Coming, on His vesture and on His thigh He will have a name written, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the Only Wise God. He is the King of the universe, King over all the earth, the King over all creation, the King of the ages, and the King of our heart’s devotion. He is Messiah Prince Who died, rose again from the dead, and in Heaven ever liveth to make intercession for us. This morning, give glory and praise to Jesus Who is the Christ.
Have a blessed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Peter 1-3