Tag: Jesus Christ

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 18

If Satan had been able to alter the will of Christ for the plan of God that would cause Him to want to back out of His death on Calvary, what would this teach us about God?? It would have meant failure on the part of Christ to not implicitly carry out the desires of God the Father. If Satan could accomplish such a turn of events, proving himself so powerful, would that not cause another to be more powerful that God?? If they were of human constitution would this not cause a rift between God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God, the Son?? Satan was already ranked so powerful that on another occasion Michael and Gabriel (Satan’s equals Daniel 9:21-23; 10:13), they worked as a team to withstand him. If Satan could pull off the changing of the will and intention of a being that created him, he would stand is a sphere all his own. The story that began with love as the benefit to mankind could become an uncontrollable saga for all with ramifications unthinkable. Risk sometimes make decisions more personal and the dependency on the credibility of another makes the scope of the comfort greater; with Christ, as is taught in most religious circles, wavering in His intent to follow the plan which originated before eternity which ended before time began, the jeopardy of a successful completion, which is demanded for the salvation of mankind would make the episode in the Garden of Eden a lie!! God could not DO what He intended to do. He would at best be bragging about what He could not bring into existence. So the question which demands an answer to the questioning of Christ competency is was Christ a risk, would God who knows all things take such a chance?? So, not only does this atheistically originated idea question the competency of Christ, it also questions the qualification of the other two members of Deity!! Could Satan get Christ down here away from the strength of Heaven and cause Him to alter THEIR plan?? What a fearful thought!!
What is interesting and impossible to find is the ONE time when Jesus Christ ever intimated this mind change BEFORE the prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. His repeated statements through His prophets, His communications with His disciples while He was teaching them, and His attitude and dedication to duty show completely the opposite!! Of all the statements before and after Gethsemane event none allow for such a conclusion. To desire God to be like man requires a lot of changes. Denominational-ism revels in their doctrines that would make God, man; but nothing of the kind is shown anywhere in pre-Gethsemanaic communications of Christ. In fact, the opposite is the pattern seen!! How could anyone who claims to believe in Jesus Christ doubt He would carry out what was set before Him, that to which He had agreed and covenanted?? As shown in previous articles, not only would this repentance make God inferior to and obedient to Satan, it would also allow some men to be superior in faith and commitment that Christ!!
If Christ can be doubted, who can feel confident about His telling disciples; “I go to prepare a place for you?” How could we ever be confident God, the Father would accept the blood of a turn coat? If His blood and sacrifice is brought into question, what about all the other claims He made as confidently as He made the claims in the Garden of Eden and worse, He made these claims in the presence of His nemesis, Satan. What an embarrassment!! To return to the Ancient of Days, a quitter!! By the way, this brings up another point of interest. Daniel records Christ return to the Ancient of Days. We are not left to guess as the kind of reception received. If He returned a coward, a quitter, or One who would not keep His end of the covenant we would expect His reception to be cold, scorned, or one full of consternations (amazement or terror that causes confusion, shock, dismay; alarm). Have you read what Daniel wrote by inspiration of the Spirit? Daniel 7:13-14 reads: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, One like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Does that sound to you like confusion, consternation, dismay or does it sound like joy, completion of a job well done, or that the glory He prayed to have returned Him was actually returned “when every knee bowed and every tongue confessed to the glory of God the Father”??

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 17

In the dispensation called the “fullness of times” Christ came to fulfill the “will of the Father” by dieing on the tree at Moriah/Calvary so we whom God created in His own image could spend eternity with the definition of love, compassion, and mercy. It was the end of the 6,000 years of dealing with human beings whom God the Father could not fellowship because of His holiness. God, the Son stepped down, condescended to come in the fashion of man, so God, the Holy Spirit, could communicate the totality of the “mystery of the ages.” All angels, spirits above, below, and between the realms of heaven and hell had anticipated the “unification of all things” both in heaven and on earth that would portend the re-reinstatement of eternity that had been interrupted when God created mankind. Satan and his demons knew there would come a time when his reign of captivity over the fallen sons of God would end. He and his had searched the scriptures looking for every clue, called prophesy, hoping to stop the “times filling up” to learn when his reign would end. Every statement made concerning the offering of God’s Son communicated by the Holy Spirit through man would be accounted untrue if Christ did not die at Calvary! After all the dealings with sin and mankind, death and grief, patience and hope would have been forfeited. Nothing God would have ever said could be AGAIN held as true and sure. Sin would become a tale of comedy while punishment because of sin a mockery. “Let God be true” could never be seriously considered for what is it that man could rely on if God could not carry out His plan to populate heaven, if redemption could be stopped, held off for a while, or dropped because Christ decided not to die!!
Where would Christ go when His life ended on the earth? Could He live in that physical body which He inhabited for endless time? Turning His back on the “will of the Father” would require Him to perform someone’s will even if it was just His, but, when He left this planet to exist in another realm who would want Him, who would take Him, and how could He face His Father the moment He awoke on the other side of life? He would have broken a bond, a confidence, and a union that had existed for an endless continuum!! How could you He go home when no welcome would greet Him? Look at the situation Christ would have gained for Himself if He had determined His will was not the Father’s will!! No, He did not have to do anything He did not want to do, He is and will always will be God, BUT, the end result of changing the plan at the time of crisis would be impossible to conceive!!
This was the “fullness of times.” This was why heaven and earth, time, and man was created. Plans must have an ending or they are nothing at all. The excitement of finishing, the reward of it all succeeding, and concept of enduring would have all been abated had Christ not died. There would have been no climax to God’s dealing with mankind. The word “fullness” is from the Greek word pleroma which includes the concept of totality. The shear thought of coming to the end having completed ever step in its sequence and order and not finishing the reason for which it all had begun is an joke someone forgot to laugh about. If no one had ever defined time for us, this is the definition of why time existed, otherwise eternity would have continued to be. So, the reason for creating, the time for which creation would have its purpose defined, and significance of both would not be. If Christ had not died for the church, who would have died in His place-there was no other!! “John wept much because not other was found worthy to open the book, neither to look thereon.” Revelation 5:4
The phrase “fullness of times” defines that which is has come to be!! God, the Father could not disallow the results of sin unless He had ended its rule and reign among men. The undertaking would have been taken under and Satan would have defeated God in all things, the created would have defeated the Creator and They of His like being. The picture of man and woman in the Garden would have been played out again. Adam from whom Eve came would not have been the ruler and the “law of order of all things” would again be denied. Christ submitted to be “made of a woman” but never to be subject to her will of whim. To be “made of a woman was His incarnation NOT His subjection!! There was something MORE in view for Christ coming into this world than just to relieve mankind from the bondage of some ceremonial law!! The intolerable yoke, which is the anti-type of Egyptian bondage, would have failed. Maybe a Greater than Moses” had not come??

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 16

One of the great events of our sacred recorded history was the visit of Elijah and Moses with Christ on the Mountain. On this mountain, away from the hustle and bustle of the world and its affairs, He metamorphosed, His body changed forms from the natural to the spiritual. In this body He received they who were without physical bodies at all, Moses and Elijah. Luke tells us He changed the fashion of His body. The Greek word for fashion here is eidos which means to change the form or kind of body in which He had lived. The fashion of the countenance of His body was not the same and what they spoke about was told in Luke 9:30: “they talked with Him about His “change” or exodus from this world which “would be accomplished at Jerusalem.”! From whence did Moses and Elijah come and what purpose was in their coming is often missed.
Often among the ancients there were ceremonies which heralded great changes. With the Hebrews when a son reached the age of responsibility and was to take over the affairs of the family, even the family of his father, they held the ceremony of adoption. The oldest son had by this time accomplished all that his father intended him to accomplish, wanting nothing, and was ready for promotion to be head of all his father had. This conclave was to honor the son and relieve the father and was held in utmost discipline. In the presence of friends and honored guest, the father would call the son to a higher platform, describe his honor and discipline, and place on him the leadership of all the father possessed. The Hebrew father would, they tell us, always have as a part of his speech this phrase; “this is my son, in whom I am well pleased.” The Roman Catholics use the word conclave for the assembly of bishops to select the next pope. On the Mount of Transfiguration Christ was accorded the authority and position of taking over ALL God, the Father, son, and Holy Spirit had promised Him. Here, He received the rite of adoption that awaits all we faithful who will have discharged their pledge of obedience on the Judgment Day. Galatians 4:1-6; Romans 8:23; Ephesians 1:5
Notice, it was given Him BEFORE His death, burial, and resurrection. This would make it impossible for anyone to assume Christ would then of go through all that would define Him as head over His body, the Church of Christ. Before the witnesses of the greatest men who had held the greatest positions before and after His death we would see Christ “receive honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 2 Peter 1:17
Having received of the Father this honor and glory, when Jesus had risen from the dead and before He ascended to the Father, could meet with His disciples and exclaim; “All authority has been given unto Me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18-20 He did not wait for the Jews to accept Him nor in fact the Gentile world. He arose “with healing in His wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Malachi 4:2 He, who had all authority, came forth from the grave with this authority. The Mountain of Transfiguration was Christ day of recognition seen by only a few. For He arose and about Him was this statement made: “declared to be the Son of God with power.” Romans 1:4 he had the power WHEN, not IF He arose!! It was already established that Christ would “rise from the dead and that His flesh would no more see corruption.” Acts 2:27 Christ would no longer be under the Law of Moses; “tutors and governors until the time appointed.” Galatians 4:2
Also, at this mountain conclave, Christ was to inform some of His children things He had already told His disciples, Matthew 16:18-of immediate events which would “shortly come to pass.” Revelation 1:1; Isaiah 14:9 Messengers from two worlds met with the Master of all worlds and would carry back the message: “He has risen, indeed.” Luke 24:34 “And if I, if I be not lifted up from the earth, can draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32 Moses carried this message back to the Hadean world in Hades and Elijah took the same message to the 3rd heaven. There would no longer be two places of abode for they who had died who had been in the flesh: “in the dispensation of (called) the ‘fullness of times’ He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him. Ephesians 1:10 How would Christ explain to Moses and Elijah the preaching of our brethren preaching Christ “chickened out” before Calvary and had to beg for help?? It is atheism!!

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 15

Often we read and do not understand because we are reading without thinking. Such is the case of God’s declaration in the Garden of Eden about our Lord’s purpose in coming to this world. All of us have read many times the tenth chapter of Hebrews and overlooked the declaration there made. “for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore, when He cometh into the world, He said, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God….Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God….By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.” Hebrews 10:4-10
The declaration in Eden was simple, forthright, and direct. After man had sinned, Christ called a meeting with the parties involved. That which He said to Adam and Eve was the recognition of the weakness mankind possessed. Man would and will sin!! “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 What Christ said to Satan destroys the atheistical doctrine so prevalent among the religious of the day: Christ begged not to die in the shadow of Calvary!! The purpose of this study is to point out the ridiculous insanity of this position. For the whole last week while on Earth, Christ was preparing to die. It was not something that came on Him suddenly nor was it something unexpected. He came to die!! Last week I pointed out that if Christ had not died we would be still in sin!! There was NO animal sacrifice would or could ever satisfy or appease the Almighty!!
Love had a plan and Love never questioned His role in bringing this plan into reality!! The whole of the “mystery of the ages” was announced in the Garden the day man sinned. “In the volume of the book” is often not understood. It literally means “before, from the beginning” Christ would die!! The purpose and plan for mankind from before the beginning was that Christ would die for the sins of His church and redeem it!! Not only had God decreed this and Moses wrote this truth from the very beginning of sin!! “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it (this enmity) shall cause (you, Satan) to lose your throne and you (Satan) will bruise His heel (take His life). Genesis 3:15 Look, my friend just WHEN this information was made known!! It was told that Christ would die!! This was at the beginning of the Book!! It was told in the very beginning of inspired revelation that Christ intended to die to purchase His church, and become High Priest so the purchased would be successful!! “Mine ears hast Thou opened, Thou hast fully instructed Me, furnished and fitted Me Psalms 40:6 How could some now deny this truth and have Christ act dishonorably in Gethsemane?? God prepared (declared) for Christ a human body in which to live. This body was found in the womb of Mary. Mary was betrothed, not yet married. Mary had not had sexual relations with any man so the seed (originator) of life would come from Mary and not a human male. This brings about many questions from the beginning-did God lie from the start? A declaration such as this one makes it impossible to believe in Christ as the Son of God and still think His death at Calvary was just a bad turn of events.
From the readiness and willingness of Christ to go through such an act shows us many things about Him whom we call both Lord and God!! When no less sacrifice would have been proper nor acceptable here we have Christ voluntarily when coming into this role proclaiming His joy in being honored as the chosen one to die for His Church!! Christ would come as a sacrifice but not only just as a sacrifice, He would come as King over the vaunted Church of Christ, but not just sacrifice, king: He would also come as a genuine hero for the second thing Christ would do was to take away a priesthood with which God the Father NEVER HAD DELIGHT! This would terminate the plan held mysterious from before the beginning of the ages which “eye had not seen, ear had not heard, neither had it entered into the heart of man what God had in store for them that love Him!! How could this conclusion have ever been happier for the Church of Christ because it was for It all these plans and arrangements were made. By ONE sacrifice He hath eternally vouchsafed our security amongst the redeemed. Mind cannot conceive of the glory He received when He returned Home!

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 14

If Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel could withstand death, never fearing, how can some who claim to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God ever consider the position they take UNLESS these were greater in faithfulness, loyalty, and more dedicated to duty than was He?? How could Christ explain to these brethren His fear and disdain for the plan from before eternity if He did actually get to Calvary and beg not to die?? Could we follow the Captain of the armed forces of Almighty God into battle with dedication thinking He just before the greatest contest of the war fell on His knees and pleaded with the Ancient of Days not to let Him die as some teach?? Did Jesus pray “not My will, but Thine be done” or “change Your will and let Mine be done”??
Sometimes punctuation alters understanding. If the punctuation is wrongly put, the meaning of the communication is altered. In the 60’s there was a group of “beatniks” who liked to think themselves special and not work. They would quote a verse of scripture and alter the meaning of the communication by altering the punctuation. They would cite the verse Paul by inspiration wrote to the church of Christ at Ephesus: “let him that stole, steal no more no more: but rather let him labor working with his hands the things which is good.” Ephesians 4:28 They would cite it this way: “let him that stole, steal; no more let him labor working with his hands the things which is good.” All they had to do was change the place the punctuation was put in the sentence and it would alter the whole thought. The same is done with the plea of Christ for His disciples. Some take it to be a plea of Christ for Himself and they cite it “if it be Thy will, let this cup, pass from Me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Matthew 26:39 Again, a comma placed in the wrong place can change thought, intent, and the motive of the heart. When Jesus was praying in Gethsemane, He had already publicly, privately, and adamantly declared He was to die to complete the “mystery”!! He had told the Jews publicly that “if I be not lifted not up, I cannot draw all men unto me.” John 12:32 Again, He railed on Peter with great vehemence when Peter even questioned Christ dieing. “Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offense unto Me: for you do not desire the things that be of God (that Christ desires), but those that be of men. If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Matthew 16:23-24 “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall lose it: and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve Me, let him follow Me: and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honor. Now is My soul troubled: and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify Thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” John 12:24-28 Isaac’s’ death as a sacrifice was without Isaac’s’ desire, Christ death was not only with His will, but His intent!! “Father, glorify Thou Me.” God, the Father would not have accepted Christ sacrifice if Christ had not willingly offered Himself!! “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” John 3:12 “Destroy this temple (naos- the habitation place of God) and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19 “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things.” John 8:28
The words of the text of scripture is inspired, but the punctuation is not. Often the ignorance of the punctuation has been something we have mused about, but when the punctuation changes the announcement, intent, and purposes of God, we have to say something about it. When Christ p0rayed: “Father if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me.” Matthew 26:39, listen to what He is saying in the context of the prayer. When Jesus got ready to go home would a small thing like dieing, stop Him?? If returning back to the glory that He had with the Father before He came to this Earth, would He let a little thing like death, stop that?? If dieing on the cross of Calvary would allow Him to re-possess ALL those who had followed Him in the Old Testaments, would a little thing like dieing stop Him? If, IF, dieing on Calvary’s tree would allow Christ to be the emancipator of all who ever sinned and come short of the glory of God who would obey Him, would He let a little thing like death, stop Him??

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 13

It is sad that some think man superior in commitment and loyalty than Christ our King. Forced to consider the preaching heard in many places, one has to think this to be true. Determination to duty is always a prerequisite of greatness and when this devotion to covenant is mocked one would think Christ not too great a Son! It was Christ that God the Father sent to Earth, it was Christ who covenanted before time or man to die for the redemption of His bride, the Church of Christ, it was Christ who possessed a different species than human who before His dealings with mankind NEVER was questioned about truth, faithfulness, or commitment to duty who now is questioned by they who claim to be devoted to Him. To show the ridiculousness of such a thought let us study about three men held in high esteem that were not considered among the greatest men of faith, yet confirmed in face of certain death what some of the “friends of our Lord”(?) deny of Him.
In Daniel 2 we have the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These were Jewish princes taken from Jerusalem during its overthrow by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. Whether you use their Judaic names Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah or their Babylonian names, these men by their commitment to faith and resolve make all men seem to come short of this worthy standard—but not the Son of God!! It is true that these young men were apart of the counsel of Daniel, Daniel 2:17, but their story of faith mocks they who claim Christ not the same resolve as mortal men who claim He whimpered and wanted to back of dieing at Calvary!!
In Daniel 3 the story quickens in pace when in verse 12 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were named as men who would not bow down and worship the image of the 78′ tall by 9′ wide gold statue of Nebuchadnezzar when the cornet, flute, harp, sack but, psaltery, and all kind of music played. Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were brought before the King. Most men would have broken before this type of pressure. They had a commitment to Jehovah God, one that they did not have to re-commit to every morning, one that was good only in good times, or one that caused them to be popular. What these three men did and said makes what our preachers say about Christ very atheistic!! “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” Daniel 3: 16-18
I never hear preachers tell their audiences about the “human side” of these young Jews caused them to stutter or make prayer to God to let them by pass this ordeal. They never mention the “sweat that was as great drops of blood” nor the angel that visited in time of greatest fear, or quote His “great plea, let this cup, pass from Me” with the comma where they want it wanting to get out of His covenant with the Father to BUY His bride by His blood. Acts 20:28 WONDER WHY? Did Christ as One with the nature called God create a species that could be more in any sense than He?? Was Christ not the nobleman who came prepared to “give all He had” to buy the pearl of great price? Or is there a cowardice about Deity some of us just cannot see others can?? Was Shadrachh, Meshach, and Abednego greater than Christ??
Maybe there is something to not deciding before the trial is on you. Maybe the boys were a cut above Deity in fearlessness, or maybe they could keep their commitments and He, the Son of God could not!! The best time to decide a course of action is before the incident occurs. Did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego love God more than Christ?? Or was it that Christ could have taken a few lessons from them and kept His dignity under pressure?? He did know of their example did He not? Where did this atheism come from that has crept into some of the preaching heard, today??
Later in the book of Daniel, Daniel himself faced the same temptation (they claim it was temptation that finally got to Christ. He had never before been tempted like this.) Do we not know the “watcher” (angel) and “the holy one”? Daniel 4:17, 23 Belteshazzar revealed to Nebuchadnezzar what Obama has yet to learn: “the Most High rules in the kingdoms of men, and gives it to whomsoever He will.” Daniel 4:25 Could Christ not do on Earth what He could do from Heaven?

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 12

The prearranged death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, the Son of God is questioned by those who think Christ got to the Garden of Gethsemane and got a case of doubts! To read the wording of the last message given His disciples before His crucifixion would clear that up in anyone’s mind if the preachers of our day quit telling this lie and teach the truth. The intent of Christ to return to the abode of the Deity is convincingly mentioned in the fourth verse of John 17; “And now, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.” Doxazo is the Greek word He used and it means to cause the dignity and worth of a person to be known and acknowledged. God, the Father glorified His Son when He raised Him from the dead mocking the Hadean realm and all they who had participated in the cruel death of Christ. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His Anointed, saying “Let us break asunder, and cast away Their cords from us. He that sets in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. They shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord has said unto Me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee.” Psalms 2:1-7 If you can’t read, let someone who can read read this to you so you can understand that God, by definition of His power and might declared a decree.
This “decree” was not something that came up all of a sudden, it is not something that had an alternate if the demonstration of Christ power and majesty had not succeeded, this word teaches us it was of divine decree that had thundered from the regal throne of the Ancient of Days before time began!! Christ death, burial, and resurrection had always been the plan of Divinity!! Imagine Christ getting to the time and place when that decree was to be implemented and “want to back out”? You talk about glee in the halls of Hell, IF Satan even in his remotest dreams thought this a possibility why did he try to kill Christ BEFORE He was nailed to the cross?? This covenant or compact between God the Father and God the Son was an ETERNALLY decreed, agreed upon, and mutually acceptable. As Christ would say: “This is the will of Him that sent Me.” John 6:40, “This commandment I have received of the Father.” John 10:18, 14:31. IF, IF Christ had wanted to back out of His covenant with the Father, how could Deity condemn any man for wanting to do the same? “It would have been better not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and turned from it….the latter end of them is worse with them than the beginning.” 2 Peter 20-21 The fountain of all beings from whom all life, energies, and spirits emanated did not come all the way from eternity and get to the hill of Calvary where time would stand still and when He could glorify the beauty and wisdom of His Father’s will and repent of its demand!! Christ is the Son, not by adoption as we, but by inheritance. The Father sent One of His kind and that Kind NEVER shrinks from challenges faced!! Christ was unquestionably qualified and trustworthy who as the Father, of the same Kind as the Father, possessed the fulness, power, might, and holiness which would NEVER allow the Supreme Governor of the Church of Christ who was always with the Father to relinquish His position love demanded!!
When God, the Father declared; “Thou art My Son,” we who love and obey the Father declare, “Thou art the captain of my soul.” It had been pre-determined that “by the resurrection from the dead, that sign of the prophet Jonah, the most convincing proof that Christ is the savior of the Church was slated. Romans 1:4 Immediately after His resurrection, Christ was to take His highest of offices as mediator for the redeemed; “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He has poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12 “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, because He has made intercession for the transgressors. He shall be priest on His throne and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” Zechariah 6:13 When, on the day of Pentecost, A D 33, the Jew cried out; ‘men and brethren, what shall we do? Acts 2:37, they had just heard the apostle Peter declare Jesus to be BOTH LORD AND CHRIST!! Christ is the only king of Israel that was both King and High Priest!!

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 11

The words of John 17 are words of parting. Jesus would be leaving this earth to return from whence He came. Parting words are always filled with great emotion. Each word is chosen deliberately for they will never be repeated, here. For they who attend this final communication the full intent of a life is usually the discussion. Among men, divestiture of goods along with personal direction is the labor of that moment. Feelings being hurt or pride being marred is not an option that is considered. The method of communication we have with the Father is not here shown, for Jesus was not praying as a man, for a man He was not. A very distinct meaning of the verb erotao is to pray, but in distinction from the verb aiteo. Erotao provides the most delicate and tender expression with the One asking and the One by some scholars teach being asked as on an equal level. Erotao is generally more conversational and at times may express a more intimate relation between the parties. It should be noted that Jesus always used erotao in His prayers to the Father (John 14:16) whereas the disciples used aiteo in their prayers to God. When we pray, an inferior being is asking a superior Being, leaving it up to the superior One to do that which pleases Him. The word in the Greek language for prayer when men pray to God is proseuchomai, a deponent verb where pros implies praying to God, a superior Being and embraces all that is known and included in the idea of prayer: thanks, asking, or requesting special things. The special word for prayer in worship when this function is mentioned is proskuueo which literally means to crouch, crawl, prostrate oneself before another.
“He lifted up His eyes to heaven.” This is the proper instruction for it is from heaven “every good and perfect gift comes.” James 1:17 Heaven is the Greek word ouranous and is defined as the region above the sidereal heavens, the seat of order of things eternal and consummately where God dwells. It is only appropriate that Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven.
As Christ called God, Father, by example and instruction so call Him we the same. As Christ directed prayer ONLY to the Father, not the Holy Spirit, not Mary, nor any saint, so we direct our prayers. All who have the spirit of adoption are commanded to call God Abba Father, Galatians 4:6, while they who seek no proper address show their claim on Him as empty as their address!! Instruction comes in many fashions but that which is seen and described cannot be ignored or altered without instruction or allowance. It will be great use to us to call God Father as we hope to find Him to be the same for our direction and encouragement.
It is absolute that instruction can attend prayer. At this point in the “great Mystery” Him who would become the Mediator of all the redeemed had a request, wrought with tender expression, as we who now depend on Him, request. The success of His journey depended keeping the redeemed, saved. He would play such a role for His “purchased possession.” As He has had the heart of the petitioner so He could bless our efforts more effectively. It was not that He was asking for this privilege as much as He was teaching they who attended this prayer with information as yet to be revealed. No one knew the plan from the foundations of the world but They who had participated in the development and now the actual reality of bringing that plan into existence. It was not a bold or daring move of Christ to directly petition the Father, it was that natural of eternal beings, that which we became, that expresses the filial relationship we so thankfully possess. Prayer was not a demand on the sinner as sin had cut the sinner off from the Throne Room. Isaiah 59:1-2 Prayer was not the demand of the sinless for the sinless had constant fellowship with the Father in Heaven that had never been interrupted. So, children with no sin, a few of the prophets, and Christ were the only travelers of this road of blessed happiness. It would be 55 days before men on earth could approach such a blessed throne and that only because they had been they who would have been blessed with the “faith, grace, plan” that would allow them and ourselves this sacred retreat from sin because of the shed blood of the only true Son of God. Christ was not trying out something new and revolutionary, He had many times spent all night speaking with our Father and it should be noted that instructionally, He always called Him, Father even though we might assume there were other appellations with which He could have addressed Him of which we are not privy!! Christ claimed HAD COMPLETED His part of the plan even though He had not yet died!

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 6

Of all the insidious falsehoods perpetrated on some followers of Jesus Christ is His hesitancy in dying on the cross of Calvary. “For this cause came I unto this hour.” John 12:27 “The hour is come that the Son of man should be glorified.” John 12:23 “Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This He said, signifying what death He should die.” John 12:31-33 “Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you, for he that walks in darkness knows not whither he goes. While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light.” John 12: 35-36 You know, it would be bad enough for people to believe Jesus “chickened out” at Calvary IF they read these words and they were spoken at the beginning of His ministry on this earth!! But, to read these words which were spoken during the “last week,” just before His arrest, mock trial, and crucifixion one would have to be short a few oars in his boat to believe such nonsense. Again, they know not how Christ would be glorified, they think Him a human being!!
In Matthew 16:22 there was an exchange between Simon Peter and Jesus Christ. “From that time forth began Jesus to show unto His disciples how that He must go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee. (This is what you hear preached from the pulpit!! Maybe there are more of these “I am of Peter” that we knew nothing about!!) But He (Christ) turned, and said unto Peter, ‘Get thee behind Me, Satan thou art an offense unto Me: for you savor est (are of the opinion, inclination) not the things that be of God, but those that be of men….Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Matthew 16:21-28 Could Jesus come “in His kingdom” and not die at Calvary? Which was the most important message Jesus and John the Baptist preached for about 5 ½ years? If it took dying (and it most certainly did) to bring in the Kingdom, where is the mind of people who would ever teach Jesus DID NOT intend to die at Calvary?? Why would He so vociferously attack Peter calling him Satan? Was Jesus a liar? Did He strongly reprimand Peter and He later change His mind about dieing? This was about a year before He died, in John 12 it was about 3 days!! “All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 The Holy Spirit is now called into question as to speaking the truth!! The Commentator absolutely says: “He MUST to unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and BE KILLED, and be raised again the third day.” Matthew 21:21 The Commentator here is none other than the Holy Spirit!! Now, we have two members of Deity lieing!! Christ death was fore-ordained, predetermined, established as fact in the “determinate counsel and foreknowledge of eternity.” Did Jesus not also know He would suffer? “Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth, and said unto them, ‘Whom seek ye?” John 18:4 Man, this is getting to be a mess. First Jesus lies, then the Holy Spirit lies to cover up for Jesus, and then the lie was established as fact in the “determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” Acts 2:23 Oh! mercy, this includes a lie ALL Deity would be involved with!! If God can lie, is there really a Heaven? Is there really forgiveness of sins? Is there life after death? Like Pilate; “What is truth?” John 18:38 Are the papist right, could Peter advise God?? Peter, like a lot of brethren, was giving counsel to Christ; shaming Him to “tell the truth”!! Romans 11:34 This is pretty serious, don’t you think?? Peter would have Christ to dread suffering and crucifixion as much as man would (and yet Peter was crucified upside down, history records), so now Peter is greater than GOD?? The language of Christ here was the strongest ever used in all Holy Writ. No man anytime or anywhere EVER used words that Jesus resented when heard more than these. Christ did not take time to deliberate, think about what He was going to say, consider how it would affect Peter or the other disciples, try to be kind, or overlook the ignorance of man to “the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” He wanted Peter to know how insulted, ill, angered, disgusted He was with Peter’s suggestion-IMMEDIATELY!! I fear for some of these preachers who make the same mistake.