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Palm Sunday Meditation

palm-sundayQuoting John Piper:

The Son of God is not just a prophet. Some thought he was just a prophet (John 9:17), but he was not a mere prophet. Here Islam makes a great mistake about Jesus. Jesus is not only a prophet like Moses or Isaiah. And he is far above Mohammed in glory. He is the Son of God. And that means he is God. . . .

“He is the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of [God’s] nature.” The point of those words is to warn us against the mistake that Islam has made. Jesus is the unique image of God’s divine glory and bears the very stamp of his divine nature. He is not a mere prophet. The whole point here is to show that he is superior to the prophets. He is the eternally begotten Son, without beginning and without ending (Hebrews 7:3).

In other words, God has not just spoken by inspiring prophets and apostles. He has spoken by coming to us in the person of his Son. Who Jesus was, what he said, and what he accomplished by dying and rising from the dead is God’s Word to us. This is what God has said, and what we should hear-what we need to listen to far more earnestly than we do.

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