From the beginning of the proclamation of the Good News, a key message has been that the Jesus of Nazareth is both Lord and Messiah — he is worthy of worship by both Gentiles (Lord) and Jews (Messiah).* Jesus came as the Messiah and was rejected, killed, and then raised on the third day. His resurrection was his divine proof that God's Messiah was the suffering servant of the Lord prophesied in Isaiah.** Jesus accepted this role for his life and ministry to show the Jews that they should reframe their concept of Israel's Messiah from a conquering hero to a servant who bore the sins and shared the human suffering of the people he came to save. Jesus is the Messiah who has already come!
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for living to intercede for me when I pray.^ Thank you for being my beloved Lord and Messiah who shared my humanity and now is in the presence of the Father to bring my requests to him.^^ I thank you for your ministry on earth — your healing, teaching, and doing good to those in need. Thank you for your ministry now as the head of your church and the coming King of glory. I await your return in glory and honor as the only Lord and Messiah, the one to whom praise and glory belong, both now and forever. Amen.