What Jesus went through for us.
While Jesus was fully God and fully man, the anguish we see he went through in Mt. 26 and Lk. 22 shows us his humanity.
Just think, not only did he know the Old Testament prophecies of what he would go through, he had seen it all his life here on earth. He grew up seeing it. Just read this one verse that foretold how he would be beaten.
Isa. 52:14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him— his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness—
Psalm 22 describes crucifixion:
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. 15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. 17 All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
He knew his purpose was to die on the cross for us. The cup that he prayed to be taken if it be the Father’s will was all the torture and pain he was about to experience. It’s not unlike any of us would have felt. He was scared, terrified of what he was about to go through, in such anguish that he sweated blood. BUT he went through it all anyway. He could have called down 12 legions of angels against the Romans, but he didn’t. Look at what John tells us,
John 18: 4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” 5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
Did you notice that when Jesus said, “(I Am) he” all the soldiers fell back, dropped to the ground. He had the power to stop them, but he didn’t. He willingly went through it all for us, each one of us. To be the atoning sacrifice, all that would have been required was to die and shed his blood. But not only did he go through the agony of the cross, he endured the torture and beating before the cross. Just think, the creator of all things went through all that for us, even death on the cross.
Heb. 12: 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
But on the 3rd day he rose from the dead, the first fruits of many to come after him. 1 Cor. 15: 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep(died in him).
Knowing that we would so many times fail and let him down, he still Love’s us. Let us all remember what Jesus promised us, Heb. 13:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
John 3: 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; --- Jesus’ statement didn’t stop there, --
but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Acts 2: And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Acts 4: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Acts 16:31 -- “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—
If you haven’t already, give ‘Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection’ a read.
Thank you Jesus.
Maranatha, Our Lord Comes.