Jesus was more than a prophet of God, He is God, although he is fully human. The coming of the messiah was expected by the population of Israel at that time. However, the nation of Israel was in a mess at that time because they lost their political autonomy and were ruled by foreign powers i.e. mighty Roman Empire for decades. They were longing for a King from the lines of King David to liberate them and hopefully it comes with freedom from oppression and better life. Thus the type of Messiah they were expecting was a charismatic powerful King that could unite the people and fight for independence. As the type of Messiah visioned is determined by the wish and expectations of the people.
As s result of the miracles that Jesus did throughout His journey of discipleship, His diciples and students wanted to make Him King of Israel to save them from destitution and a failing political and governing system as witnessed in John: 6. 15. Jesus therefore perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again into the mountain himself alone. The mess during the time of Jesus, shaped how the Messiah would look and to save them from. However, Jesus did not agree to be crowned King of Israel, instead he withdrew to the wilderness.
The reason that a Messiah is needed to come and save the people from the mess was sin alone. One of the real crisis since the creation of human is that we cannot stand guilt free before God without condemnation. Our sins can only be forgiven by a Savior because we cannot save ourselves as depicted in Matthew: 9. 2. And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; thy sins are forgiven. Jesus came to meet the crisis of our sin and to save sinners from sins and to live to God without condemnation. As much as it is important to us and the world, His mission is not only to save our health crisis, failing marriages, etc, but more importantly our sins and eternal life.
We are unable to live rightly before God for we are sinners. Our savoir will save us from our sins and grant us a new heart and the annointing of the Holy Spirit as promise on the passages below. Ezekiel: 36. 26. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. 27. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them. Jesus is the only solutions to sins before God. And in Mark: 1. 8. I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
The real mess that we are in is the sins and not other problems and Jesus is the only solution that God prescribed for our sins and is confirmed in John: 20. 31. but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.
John the Baptist is the Herald of the Hero and he knew it clearly in the conversation in John: 1. 15. John beareth witness of him, and crieth, saying, This was he of whom I said, He that cometh after me is become before me: for he was before me. 16. For of his fulness we all received, and grace for grace. 17. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him]. 19. And this is the witness of John, when the Jews sent unto him from Jerusalem priests and Levites to ask him, Who art thou? 20. And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ. 21. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elijah? And he saith, I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered, No. 22. They said therefore unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23. He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet. 24. And they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why then baptizest thou, if thou art not the Christ, neither Elijah, neither the prophet? 26. John answered them, saying, I baptize in water: in the midst of you standeth one whom ye know not, 27. [even] he that cometh after me, the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to unloose. 28. These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. Furthermore, John the Baptist acknowledge that he is only the Messenger of God and Jesus must become greater as spoken by him in John: 3. 30. He must increase, but I must decrease.
The church is not the Savior of the nation, but we are the Herald for the Savior in the nation. We are the messenger and Christ is the Hero for our generation.