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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.’”—Acts 3:22 (NKJV)
Jesus was many things during the short span of time He walked and ministered here on earth. He was a teacher, a healer, a shepherd, a peacemaker, and so many other amazing things. Today we want to focus on the fact that Jesus was also an oracle. The term oracle isn’t used much these days, so here’s a simple definition for it: a divine communication or revelation.
At its irreducible minimum, an oracle is someone who speaks for God.
Perhaps you recall the commercials for E.F. Hutton, the brokerage firm. The commercial would open on a crowded dining room or another venue with many separate conversations happening. Then, someone in the crowd would say, “Well, E.F. Hutton says . . .” At that moment, all other conversations would cease. Mouths were closed and all ears were open to hear what E.F. Hutton said, because presumably, E.F. Hutton was about to communicate truth about an investment.
That’s illustrative of the weight of seeing Jesus as God’s oracle. From as far back as Moses’ time, God had promised to give his people “a Prophet” who would tell them all truth concerning God. Peter connects this promise to Jesus in the verse above.
Roughly 1,400 years after Moses’ promise, Jesus came to be that direct line of communication between God and His people. He even affirmed that He was the long-awaited oracle of God before the religious leaders of His time who sought to destroy Him. In John 8:40 (NKJV), Jesus says, “You seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.”
Maybe you’re thinking, “If He’s God’s oracle, why did they want to kill Him?” It’s actually because He spoke for God that they wanted to kill Him! Sometimes, we really don’t want to hear what God has to say. We say and think we do, until He tells us something that challenges us to change. When that happens, we either accept it or resist it as the rulers of Jesus’ day did.
Either way, Jesus communicates God’s truth to us. Whether we like it or not, whether we accept it or not, He always speaks with absolute authority . . . and we’re always wise to listen.
DIG: Read John 8.
DISCOVER: How does Jesus fulfill the role of oracle? How are you responding to Him?
DISPLAY: Write out some things Christ has spoken to you directly—Scripture verses that He’s used to reveal truths, words of truth He’s spoken through others, etc.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.