FIFTH WITNESS: A GENTILE KING.
So many years before Jesus Christ came into this world,there were numerous prophecies about His conception,way of life and death.God,the Father of Jesus Christ used every avenue to inform mankind of His plans.The case of a king,the world power of his time,named Nebuchadnezzar,is a good reference point.Although the king did not know God, but idols,his creator made him to realise that He alone is the most powerful and revealed more of Himself to him.
There was the story of three Kingdom Addicts,Shadrach,Meshach and Abed-Nego,Jews,who strongly believed the God of their fathers in the book of Daniel chapter three.These three men disobeyed the order of the king to worship an image of gold.The king was greatly annoyed.He treatened to put them in a burning fiery furnace and ended his words with
“And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” Dan.3:15
The king did not know that there was a God of gods,that those men believed.He threw the three men into the fire bound but the king expressed his astonishment this way,
“Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of fire?…
Look!,I saw four men loose,walking in the midst of the fire;and they are not hurt,and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Dan3:24e-25
It was only king Nebuchadnezzar that was shown the video of deliverance of Shadrach,Meshach and Abeg-Nego on the screen of the burning fire and he told others,whose eyes were not opened,but they believed the man of authority.The great king made it known to his counselors that there was ‘the Son of God’ with those three men in the fiery trial.
Let us now ask this question because he did not mention Jesus Christ:who can this ‘person’ be? Jesus Christ the Lord,before He came into this earth in His physical form spoke as the Redeemer in Isaiah 43:2-3 this way
“When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
And through the rivers,they shall
not overflow you;
When you walk through the fire,
you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God;
The Holy One of Israel,your Savior.”
This was fulfilled in the lives of the three Jews,Shadrach,Meshach and Abed-Nego.Who could deliver in this manner if not Jesus Christ who assured those He redeemed in Matthew 28:20c
“I am with you always,even to the end of the age.”?
Do not think it was an angel that was sent to meet those men in the fire.Aposle Paul clears the air on this in Hebrews 1:4,5
“…having become so much better than the angels,as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
For to which of the angels did He ever say;
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You’
‘I will be to Him a Father,
And He shall be to Me a Son.’ ”
Do not forget that we have discussed the Father as a Witness.The same Father now used a Gentile king to show you,as He did then,that there is the Son of God who can redeem and deliver in a way no one can.
Therefore,let those who have ears to hear now hear and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.Let us meet,by God’s grace,to discuss another Witness that Jesus Christ is the only SON OF GOD.Stay blessed!