Who in the days of his flesh .... (Hebrews 5:7)
Bro. James Horton
This will be a short study of selected aspects of the ministry of Jesus in an attempt to exemplify the 'reality' of Jesus' total dedication to his Father's will. He understood, with unparalleled clarity, the inescapable degree to which this divine principal, lay upon his shoulders. ... '... unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required' (Luke 12:48). He understood, with unparalleled clarity, that as the children of the first Eden are partakers of flesh and blood, he also, himself, likewise, must take part of the same. In that, through death, he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. He understood, with unparalleled clarity, that his destiny was to give absolute obedience to his Father's will which had been declared so succinctly in Eden, millennia before (Genesis 3:15). He understood, with unparalleled clarity that, as the seed of Abraham, he would have to learn 'the reality of obedience' by the things which he would suffer in order that he might mediate the love of His Father to a sick and dieing creation. In short, he fully understood, his inescapable duty was to live a totally sinless life in order 'to make reconciliation' for the sins of the people and, to subsequently be able to succour them that are tempted (tried) in that he himself hath suffered being tempted (tried). In all of history no servant of God has ever come close to having to bear such a yoke or such a burden. We hope this selective study of his ministry will help us to gain a little better appreciation of the 'reality' of what the 'zeal of the Lord of Hosts' meant for Jesus in the days of his flesh.