I assure you: Whoever receives anyone I send receives Me, and the one who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. - John 13:20 HCSB
Early at the Last Supper Jesus re-affirms His identity as Teacher and Lord to the disciples, and He also explains His act of washing the disciples’ feet. He has modeled this so that they may do the same for one another. Next Jesus affirms that He has chosen His disciples. Jesus knew those He had chosen, but He also knew who was going to betray Him, one who was permitted to be His disciple so that Scripture could be fulfilled. Here is where we see Jesus fulfill the role of the prophet.
Many think of prophets as those Biblical characters who weirdly predict the future through crazy portents and speeches. They are angry, scary, and mean. Such a view of prophets is misguided: prophets represent a long line of men and women who faithfully love God and His people by explaining difficult truths. They retrieve the Word of God and point people to fulfilling the Word—their role is one of love. The Father sent Jesus as the last, true prophet to point back to Scripture, fulfill Scripture as a sign of His authentic role as a prophet, and direct people ahead to follow God. The prophet brings people closer to God via his ministry.
Jesus does all three of these things: He points back to Scripture at the Last Supper (in Psalm 41:9: “The one who eats My bread has raised His heel against Me”); He sees such Scripture fulfilled with the betrayal of Judas; and He points to another who will be received as sent from Him.
This is crucial: Jesus will send another, and whoever receives him, receives Jesus, and the one who receives Jesus receives Him who sent Jesus (verse 20). Jesus is prophetically speaking of the Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Trinity.
Andrew D. Roberts
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