Read Hebrews 2:17-18.
Jesus did not go straight to the cross at His birth. Instead, He spent over thirty years on the earth, facing the “daily grind.” Why? He had to become like us to redeem us, so much like us that He had to be tempted in all ways as we are.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Though He became like us in temptation, He is unique in this gigantic way: He never gave into temptation.
Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.
Through His suffering, He obeyed. He obeyed to the point of death. Doing so “perfected” Him, or as the Greek may indicate, it completed Him – all for our sakes.
As Jesus is the source of salvation to all who obey Him, let us obey Him now in this manner: He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
Read John 1:1-18.
The death of Christ was no accident, so when God purchased the church “with His own blood” (Acts 20:28), He had counted the cost. He looked at you and me and proclaimed the price was worth it.
Read Matthew 26:57.
Take me to the scene of the crucifixion, and try to tell me that He doesn’t know what He is doing. It was His decision to create these men, plus Judas, Pilate, and the Roman soldiers, in His own image.
Read Matthew 26:58-68 and Matt 27:27-32.
Take me to this scene of mockery, and try to tell me that He doesn’t know what He is doing. It was His creativity from the beginning that told the seed to bear fruit and multiply. It was His word that held together the molecules of the bough that grew the thorns. He purposed the tree to grow that produced the wood for the cross. His plan from the beginning purposed the elements to bind together to create the nails.
Read Matthew 27:45-46.
Take me to the scene of redemption, and try to tell me that He doesn’t know what He is doing.
Read Psalm 22:16.
This Psalm was quoted by Christ and John the apostle during the time of the crucifixion (cf. Matt. 27:46 [v. 1]; John 19:24 [v. 18]).
Psalm 22:16 mentions the piercing of Jesus' hands.
These same hands:
These same hands:
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
One of the synagogue officials named Jairus *came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.”
Do we have this type of faith in the hands of Jesus?
The Lord calls us around His table. As we gather, He commands us, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:25). As I consider the great invitation to share in the blood and body of the Lord, I also share these thoughts with you. Perhaps, they will help you reflect.
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