Paul McCartney. Elton John. Carole King. Adele.
What do each of these well-known singers have in common? Besides their considerable vocal prowess, each of them write their own songs and perform them on a musical instrument. I consider them a triple threat: singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist.
There are only a handful of artists who have achieved this level of fame and mastery. Even great performers like Frank Sinatra, arguably the most popular singer of the 20th century, did not write his own songs nor did he play a musical instrument. To be gifted with these three abilities is indeed, very special and rare.
The Bible records great saints who were prophets, priests, and kings. The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesied that a descendent of King David would someday rule as Messiah. Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, was a priest and he prophesied to the people how his son would prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Yet unlike musical artists who have achieved the coveted triple threat status, these great saints never held the title of all three. There is only one person who is all three: Prophet, Priest, and King. He is Jesus Christ.
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names. The Son Is Greater Than the Angels For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” God also said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said, “Let all of God’s angels worship him.” Regarding the angels, he says, “He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.” But to the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice.”
Hebrews 1:1-8 (NLT)
Jesus is greater than all of the prophets and fulfilled their ancient prophecies. Jesus is greater than all the priests and cleansed us from our sins. Jesus is greater than all kings and reigns supremely and forever in heaven. He is indeed, very special and rare.
Man, Messiah, and God.
Prophet, Priest, and King.
Jesus Christ is the eternal triple threat!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.