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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.