Daily Thought for: 14th August

PRINCE AND SAVIOUR

Acts 5. 25-32

Peter’s fourth recorded post-resurrection address is found in Acts chapter 5 verses 29 to 32. In his presentation of Christ in this address, he refers to Him as ‘Jesus’, and then as a ‘Prince and a Saviour’.

The name ‘Jesus’ is associated with His humanity and with His being the Saviour. The angel of the Lord said to Joseph, ‘thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins’, Matt. 1. 21. Thomas Newberry points out in a footnote that the name ‘Jesus’ means ‘Jehovah the Saviour’, or the Salvation of Jehovah. The title ‘Prince’ was used of the Lord Jesus in Acts chapter 3 verse 15, where He is called the ‘Prince of life’. The word is also used as ‘the captain of their salvation’, Heb. 2.10, and again as ‘the author and finisher of our faith, Heb. 12. 2. The word in the original is archegos and is made up of the words to be first, or pre-eminent, and the word to lead. Contained within the word are the thoughts of preeminence, pattern, prince, and pioneer. F. W. Grant, in attempting to express the concept of one who begins, or originates, uses the word ‘Founder’.

Joseph was the son of his father’s love. He was the son who was sent out of the sheltered vale of Hebron, where he had enjoyed his father’s affection, to seek the welfare of his brethren. He had been in the patriarch’s house but, because they hated him, Joseph is next seen in the pit. He who was decreed of God to reign was rejected. He was sold for the paltry price of a slave. He went from Potiphar’s house, where he was the faithful, untiring servant, to the prison. He experienced the pain of the prison as the ‘iron entered his soul’. We see him next in the palace of the Pharaoh, where he was ‘set over all the land of Egypt’. God had exalted him.

Similarly, the Lord Jesus was rejected, ‘whom ye slew and hanged on a tree’, v. 30. He was raised up and ‘God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name’, Phil. 2. 9. As a Prince and a Saviour, He now offers repentance and remission of sins, not just to Israel, but to ‘whosoever will’!

 

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