Devotional – What Jesus Never Said

“Thus says the Lord…” Jeremiah 2:2 ESV

“I say to you…” Matthew 5:18 ESV

Throughout the long history of the Nation of Israel God sent many prophets to speak His words to the people.

A prophet was simply a human messenger. A mere mortal chosen by God to speak the words given to him by God. A prophet’s authority did not come from himself, rather it came from God. A prophet’s words did not come from himself, rather his words came from God. To underscore this truth, prophets often prefaced their prophesies with the phrase “Thus says the Lord.” In fact, this phrase is repeated well over 400 times in the Old Testament.

Then came the Lord Jesus Christ.

Not once did he ever utter the phrase “thus says the Lord.” Rather, He often prefaced His words with the phrase “I say to you.” Some 87 times He boldly proclaimed this astounding phrase!

Jesus Christ was not just another prophet. Jesus Christ was not merely a human messenger sent on behalf of God! No!

Jesus Christ was, and is God incarnate! Jesus Christ did not need to say “thus says the Lord” because He is the Lord! He is God! Every time Jesus Christ said “I say to you” He was boldly declaring that His words ARE God’s words.

“And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority.” Mark 1:22 ESV

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Editorial note: Originally published May 3, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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