Prophet, Priest, and King
Jesus Christ was a prophet, who, like many Prophets, was often unrecognized as such by some of those closest to Him:
"But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house." And He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief." (Matthew 13:53-58 RSV)
"And the crowds that went before Him and that followed Him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth [see also Nazarene] of Galilee." (Matthew 21:9-11 RSV)
Jesus Christ is the ultimate High Priest of humanity:
"Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are [see Could Jesus Have Sinned?], yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:14-15 RSV)
Jesus Christ is a King:
"I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords" (1 Timothy 6:14-15 RSV)
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This Day In History, August 23
1244: Turks expelled the crusaders under Frederick II from Jerusalem. See The Crusades
1367: Gil Alvarez Carrillo de Albornoz died at age 57. A Spanish soldier and cardinal, he paved the way for the return of the papacy to Italy from Avignon, France, where the popes lived from 1309 to 1377.
1541: French explorer Jacques Cartier landed near Quebec on his third voyage to North America.
1572: In France, Catholics massacred thousands of Huguenots (French Protestants), under orders of Catherine de Medici, advisor to her son, Charles IX, King of France.
1775: King George III of England declared the American colonies in open rebellion.
1821: Mexico was declared independent of Spain by the Treaty of Aquala.
1866: The Treaty of Prague was signed, formally ending the Seven Weeks' War between Austria and Prussian-led German states.
1914: Japan declared war on Germany.
1914: In the town of Dinant, Belgium, during the First World War, German soldiers murdered 612 civilian men, women and children, the youngest a 3 week old baby held in its mother's arms. The Germans gave as their reason that Belgian civilians had fired on them while they were repairing a bridge.
1921: Feisal I was installed as King of Iraq.
1926: American film idol Rudolph Valentino died, causing world-wide hysteria and a number of suicides.
1942: The Battle of Stalingrad began. Although the city was reduced to rubble by the Germans, the Russians fought on, and after 6 months the Germans surrendered.
1952: Frederick George Kenyon died at age 89. The British archaeologist and language scholar devoted his life to discovering Biblical parallels in ancient Greek papyri, convincing critics that science does not disprove the Bible.
1961: Ranger I, the first in a series of successful lunar probes, was launched from Cape Canaveral.
1980: The Polish communist government agreed to negotiate directly with striking Gdansk shipworkers.
1990: East and West Germany announced that they would unite on October 3, ending four decades of post-World War II division.
1991: Radical Moscow city leaders took control of the Soviet Communist Party's headquarters, seizing documents and sealing offices, as anti-communism swept the nation in the wake of a failed hardline coup.