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”??