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THE SCRIPTURES describe the bliss of Jesus’ heavenly home in the uncountable aeons prior to His human birth when, as the Logos (Greek for ‘Word’), He was the chief spokesman for Jehovah (Prov. 8:30):


Then I was by him [God], as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.


Such sentiments paint a family portrait and a place of love and congeniality, far removed from the trials and tribulations which Jesus endured during His life on earth as the Saviour. This planet offered temporary lodging – a house, not a home. Certainly it was not a secure environment. Between the malice of Satan, the hostility of those in authority, and the fickle devotion of the adoring crowds, His life here was fraught with hazards, from which Providence would shield Him.


Nonetheless, greater than all other concerns was His own dread that He might fail in His mission. Fail? How could Jesus, the anointed Christ, not succeed? Yet in Gethsemane it was His anxiety that He might not overcome in the ultimate test which awaited Him – crucifixion – that brought out the bloody sweat and the heart-rending plea to His Father that ʻif it be possible, let this cup pass from meʼ (Matt. 26:36-39; Luke 22:44). Jesus was neither flawed nor cowardly, but He knew that on His shoulders rested the eternal fate of humanity. For though He was perfect, His victory over death was by no means assured (Heb. 5:7, 8):


Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him [God] that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.


Had Jesus known with full certainty the outcome of His ministry, He would not have been tried to the utmost. But the Father knew, and in raising Jesus from the grave offered proof to history that His beloved had passed the test of faithfulness and obedience and was the worthy and only Saviour (Acts 2:24; 17:31).


The Father would never let His Son suffer without attendant grace. Every minute of every hour of Jesusʼ ministry, the Son felt the presence and warmth of the Father's love. He was never out of His Fatherʼs thoughts. Even in the throes of agonising death, perplexed by a sudden abandonment, Jesusʼ pathetic cry, ʻwhy hast thou forsaken me?ʼ – for He had to die in the sinner's place, as though He were the sinner – soon gave way to the calm assurance that His sacrifice was successfully accomplished: It is finished.


So Christ was raised to a higher glory than He had before, even to the right hand of God, second only to the Almighty (Eph. 1:19-21). The Son had returned to the Father.



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