Until preparing a recent study on apostles, I had never realized that Jesus was also called an apostle:
Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1).
In hindsight, it was not surprising since the term ‘apostle’ means messenger. And, Jesus was most certainly a messenger. Jesus began his ministry with a message:
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).
He announced the completion of our redemption on the cross with the simple message:
“It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30).
And, when he returned to the Father he left his disciples with an important message:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The apostle Jesus was the first to bring the message of repentance and salvation to the broken world that needed it. More than just preaching this message, he was the message:
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
What a glorious message delivered by the apostle Jesus directly to us!