I don’t know about you but sometimes I am just amazed and awe struck at the love and wonder of God, that He would actually send us His Son. What a beautiful way to let us know that He truly understands how we feel, that He knows the fears that we have, our limitations and how we think and how sending us His Son, demonstrates to us, just how much He cares for us, His creation. And then you have Jesus, the only begotten Son of the Father, knowing full well what was in store for Him, yet willingly coming to us and being obedient to the Father in all things, even unto death.
Psalm 40:6-8 NIV
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened[a]—
burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”
- Psalm 40:6 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts but a body you have prepared for me
And the writer of Hebrews 10:5-7 NIV tells us:
“Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”
- Hebrews 10:7 Psalm 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)
It is clear that Jesus willingly came to earth to do the Father’s will and to do and say what His Father asked of Him. And that not only did Jesus perfectly follow the Father’s will in everything that He said and did, without ever sinning against His Father’s will, but He also was obedient unto death, for us, so that we might live in Him, which is in itself again, mind boggling.
Luke 22:42 NIV “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
John 5:19-23 NIV “Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, who sent him.“
That connection, between the Father and the Son, is paramount in everything that Jesus said and did. And then, to tie it all together we see Jesus telling us that:
John 15:5 NIV “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
That connection, between the Father and the Son and Jesus and us is in reality what God’s message to mankind is all about. It’s the restoration of Eden when Adam walked and talked with God and was in perfect harmony and fellowship with Him, prior to the fall. The dependency, reliance, trust and faith in God is 100%. I am so looking forward to that. One can only truly appreciate the beauty and joy of this reality, by having tasted of it’s partial return and then making the comparison with it’s removal. The beauty and joy of being in the presence of God is not something that one wants to leave, ever. But you’d have to taste of His presence to appreciate that.
We’re not there yet, that reality, while we are in these bodies is not realized, not in totality, but the day will come when we leave these bodies behind and we shall be restored.
I’d like you to truly contemplate the following from Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 15:20-28 NIV
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.”
Can you literally imagine anyone making this up or putting this together in their own singular or collective mind(s) over thousands of years? Weaving this testimony of what is and what is to come in the Scriptures through the Patriarchs, the Tabernacle and Temples, the Priesthood, the Law, the Prophets, the prophecies and the Psalms followed by the historical reality of the birth of Jesus and His ministry, with the declaration of the New Covenant (foretold in the OT) which culminates in the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, back to God the Father? And then, there’s the promise of the Holy Spirit and us, the Church, the bride of Christ. Oh I know, it hasn’t been smooth sailing, our track record isn’t any better than the track record of God’s chosen people Israel, yet, God’s will, both for Israel and the Church will be done and everything that God has said will happen, will indeed happen. And yes, Jesus Christ will indeed be returning, probably sooner versus later, of that you can be very sure.
The beauty of God’s witness and testimony, the exquisite detail and intricate evolution of revelation, in the Holy Scriptures, is simply mind boggling, yet God’s testimony is still there, standing firm, century after century. Every word and every action that Jesus did exactly confirms what God’s will has declared. God will redeem His creation, He Himself will provide and His will, will be done.
John 3:16 NIV “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
It’s hard to grasp it all at times, but the testimony of the Scriptures and those who have gone before us is there, reinforced by historical and archeological confirmation and the evidential reality of the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, to the Father. The New Covenant has been declared by Jesus Himself and clearly witnessed to by the Apostles and the early Christian disciples and untold millions if not billions, thereafter.
And it all boils down to that phrase that says, “whoever or whosoever believes”. Yes, I know, believing just doesn’t mean believing, believing in John 3:16 means taking this truth seriously to heart and living out our faith in Christ by trusting and relying on God on a day to day basis. That’s the “now we see in part, now we know in part” (1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV) aspect of the Christian walk that we’re currently in today. But the full realization is coming! That is our hope, that is our expectation!
It candidly, still boggles my mind, yet the beauty and reality of seeing God’s will unfold, in spite of our sins that so easily beset us, in spite of our imperfections, shortsightedness and shallowness, our true righteousness being solely in Christ, who sanctifies us and at the same time conforms us into His image, still leaves me in awe.
So yes, I am amazed, yes I bow to the majesty, wonder and love of our God. Yes His spirit within me witnesses to the reality that I am His and He is mine and His grace, love, faithfulness, mercy and patience leaves me with a reverence for His Holiness and appreciation, with gratitude for His compassion. Yes, when all is said and done, I believe and I am grateful for the many brothers and sisters who hold like faith.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!