(And finally some strange and wonderful things said about the LORD in the new testament.)
(Jesus is fully God and fully man, not half God - half man, and not sometimes as God, but sometimes as man.No, he is fully God and fully man in a single person, Jesus Christ.However, his humanity is always in perfect humble submission to the Father.He would not have been an actual man if he didn't ask if it was possible to let the cup pass from him, a perfectly human thing to do.Regardless, he still left all of that, including the decision and outcome, to Father:)
Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
(A holy, righteous God, yet who does he come calling? but rebels, disobedient to his word, those who break his law and break his heart.Yet he calls these rebels, not to turn over a new page, or to man-up & be good boys, or to penance, but to repentance, a change of mind initiated by him:)
Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
(Not to the great scientists of the world, not even to the doctors of ancient languages, nor to the leading theologians,but to simple people, who simply believe the book, like a poor widow woman in her daily quiet time,they are those to whom the LORD desires to open their understanding of his word:)
Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
(I am so thankful for this, which the Pharisees and scribes thought was such a terrible thing, of that which they rebuked and mocked him by:)
Luke 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
(He came looking for me, even when I knew him not, nor desired anything to do with him - yet he still came looking!)
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
(When Jesus asked the Father to forgive them - did the Father answer his prayer? I believe so.Perhaps, sometime later, maybe even years later, many of those that were at the crucifixion, finally put their faith in Jesus, in answer to that prayer.And then, although the rulers were deriding him by what they said, yet this also may have even been prophetic,where you and I would someday be in that word "others":)
Luke 23:34a Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.35b And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others;
(Even while Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, he could say that he simultaneously was in heaven, since the Lord is omnipresent:)
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
(According to Jesus, it's not the Father who will be on the judgment throne, judging, but it will be the Son:)
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
(Even while Jesus was speaking to them, he was simultaneously in the past before Abraham was,but in the present tense back in the past, as he was also in the present tense while speaking these words,while simultaneously in the present tense, now, with us, as we are reading these words:)
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
(It is not the wrath of God that leads us to repentance, nor yet even the holy righteousness of God that leads us to repentance, but rather:)
Romans 2:4b not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
(Not only does Jesus not change his mind about the gift of our salvation, but even to any of us who have backslidden,after he had called us, and equipped us, to some ministry in service to him, this still stands as a wonderful promise of his to us:)
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
(Oh, how much more wonderful to be on the front part of this sentence, than on the back part:)
I Corinthians 1:27a But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
(Do I desire to know the fellowship of his sufferings? I should, but too often I don't.Do I desire to know what it is to be made conformable unto his death? I should, but too often I don't:)
Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
(Simply doing or trying won't necessarily please Jesus, but if that doing or trying is by faith, that is a completely different thing:)
Hebrews 11:6a But without faith it is impossible to please him:
(For Jesus to be the author and finisher of my faith, then I'm clearly not the master of my fate, nor the captain of my soul.Also, was that joy set before Jesus "while" he endured the cross, more than only "prior" to his enduring the cross?)
Hebrews 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(This was realized so greatly in India, where so many of those coming to faith in Jesus, were from among those previously called "untouchables":)
James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
(Do I really rejoice to partake of his sufferings? Am I happy when I am reproached for Jesus? I should, but too often I don't:)
I Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christís sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
(Only by those exceeding great and precious promises in his word:)
II Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(What mere man, or even angel, would have been able to understand, let alone even come up with, something so profoundly unique as this?)
I John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.