The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 19

This entry is part 19 of 42 in the series Last Week of Jesus’ Life

Two other places in Psalms show us the exaltation and joy of Christ when He returned to the Ancient of Days following His resurrection. Psalms 2 and 110 revels in the assured completion in words that cannot be misunderstood. Psalms 2 states “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 their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from Us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore pleasure. “Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Psalms 2:1-9 Acts 4:25-26 add a thought, the understanding of just WHO determined Christ to die. “For to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before.”
Jesus kept telling all who would listen, “I came to do the Father’s will.” It seems many have not listened. Christ died because it was the “Will of the Father”!! “When He came into the world, He saith, ‘Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldst not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had 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….by which (God, the Father’s will) we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:5-10 In Psalms 40:5-8 the psalmist cries out: “Many, O Lord my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto Thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required (asked). Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me.” I delight to do Thy will, O My God; yea, Thy law is within My heart.” When Christ was with His disciples He said; “And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” John 8:29 The word “always” is the Greek word pantote and means at all times. The gospel Christ preached was “taught (given) Him of God” and as Christ was “the Messenger of the Counsel,” Isaiah 9:6, His gospel would be the preached agreement made between The Father and the Son. At all times and in every way during His last week on earth, then, Christ was still “about the Father’s business.” Luke 2:49
Many cite Hebrews 5:7 as proof Christ had changed His mind. It reads: “Who in the days of his flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was head in that he feared.” Is this where Jesus humanity overtook His deity?? This is what is taught by some. Have we finally found Christ for once not doing the will of the Father?? Was He, who’s mission was mentioned in the ‘volume of the Book’ found in contempt of the high court of the Almighty?? As usual, we have to look at text and context. What is being discussed? It is the comparison and distinction concerning the priesthood of Christ and that of Aaron. Melchizedek is brought in for clarity, not confusion. There are many things said in the fifth chapter that fit Melchizedek and not Christ. One, Melchizedek had sinned. Hebrews 5:1 Second, every high priest offered for his own sins first, then for others. Third, Christ did not become high priest until His resurrection, if you please, His ‘call from God’ to arise (the words of Psalm 110:2-7), not before it. Fourth, Christ would “drink of the brook in the way” that is be the soldier prepared not overcome by battle. When the prayers mentioned were offered, it was before His coronation as king and appointment as high priest, Acts 2:28-30 and verses 5-6 of chapter 5. Fifth, the high priest in discussion had sinned, verse three. Sixth, the high priest mentioned was “saved from death,” and Christ died His glorious death to save mankind. His “being saved from death” applies to His “ending of days” as Melchizedek was His type, for Melchizedek himself died. Finally, He was praying for others, not Himself. John 17:11-17, “in the days of His flesh,” not in the days of His priesthood!! “Simon, Simon,…… I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not….” Luke 22:31-32

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