Jesus Christ was revealed progressively. Like the sun which makes its gradual entrance at dawn, Malachi’s sun of righteousness could not be revealed all at once lest His light blind every eye.
There were prophecies mentioned at the birth of Jesus of Nazareth but not much more until His baptism by John. Even then, Jesus told no one He was the Messiah. He simply did the things that Israel’s prophets had done (though to a greater degree) and was content with people’s description of Him as a “man of God.” Even when His closest disciples realized (through Divine revelation) that He was the Messiah, He instructed them to tell no one. Only after He was raised from the dead did the fact that He was the Messiah become a part of the kingdom gospel message He was preaching.
Throughout the apostolic age, more was revealed about Him. The apostle Paul talked about the revelations he had received. The apostle John began the last book of the Bible, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” The full revelation of Jesus, however, was not to be given until the coming of the kingdom – that event which all the apostles said was imminent in that age.
Looking back on this time from a two-thousand-year perspective, we can see what they were talking about. Jesus of Nazareth hadn’t just been the Messiah, He had been God Himself. The apostles had often come close to saying this in their writings, but they kept separate Father-Son construct because of its importance to our instruction. Jesus fully demonstrated the role of the Son so that when He assumed the role of the Father, we could imitate before Him what He had done as a son.
Of course, Jesus Christ is still being revealed to us today as He will be for all eternity, for there is no end to the glories of our God. The great sun of righteousness, however, has indeed dawned on humanity – that is, the truth that Messiah was God. When you become aware that Jesus was God, you are having an experience like Peter did at Caesarea Philippi. That is, something is being divinely revealed to you. And you are not far from the kingdom.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.