Monday Morning Coffee Break – Life With Jesus
From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. (Matthew 16:21)
During the talk at the Lord’s Table, Sunday Rick Carlton made an observation about what Jesus went through on the cross that is often overlooked. There are many things to examine in the story from the garden of Gethsemane, the prayers to His Father, arrest and trials, scourging and then finally the crucifixion. But one thing that made His death so amazing is that Jesus knew when and how He would die.
Death for man is seldom with notice. It is fanciful to imagine knowing the day of death and even the means of death but no man can know. Knowing the character of man he would use it to his advantage to live unrighteous until the final moments of life. Regardless no man can know how he will die nor when as clearly as Jesus.
Jesus knew the plan for man’s redemption before coming to earth. God knew He must become man in the flesh and suffer as the created one. At the age of twelve Jesus knew He must be about His Father’s business. When He began His ministry at the age of thirty the Lord knew how His life would end. He only had about three years left. He knew He would suffer at the hands of His own people. He knew He would be delivered up the Romans and be crucified on a cross.
He knew why He came to earth. He knew He must be about His Father’s work. He knew He would be rejected by men. He knew He would suffer humiliation at the hands of men. He knew He would suffer emotionally. He knew He would suffer physically. He knew He would be scourged. He knew He would be beaten. He knew He would have to carry His cross. He knew they would nail His hands to a cross. He knew they would nail His feet to the cross. He knew they would laugh Him to scorn. He knew they would part His garments. He knew His mother would be there. He knew what His Father would do. He knew he would die. He knew.
He also knew He would be raised. Praise God for that!
Poor was His station, laborious His life, bitter His ending; through poverty, through labor, through crucifixion His majesty of nature more shines. (Gerald Manley Hopkins, Notebooks and Papers of, 1937)