God as Sacrifice - Resurrection 2

"A body was prepared for Him, who was God in spirit, so that He could walk in the flesh and perform the work laid upon Him by the Father, through the Spirit."

“We call Abraham ‘father’ not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, ‘I set you up as father of many peoples’? Abraham was first named ‘father’ and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples.” (Rm 4:17-18 MSG)

THAT’S HOW IMPORTANT family is to God. Jesus, who is God, became the Son of God. And do you know He does not regret this decision? Though He was God from eternity, He is now the Son of God, through His birth on earth from the womb of Mary, and though prophesied as the Christ, the Redeemer of the world, it was His relationship with the Father that sustained Him, facing the cross, and the influence of the Spirit, who is the breath of the Father, who conceived Him in Mary’s womb, that constrained Him to walk (act) without sin, to think without fear or distress or guile, and to become the redemptive sacrifice for mankind.

By Himself, simply in His human flesh, He could not sustain such a conflict. He acknowledged this in the words of the apostle Paul, “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me (Hebrews 10:5).” A body was prepared for Him, who was God in spirit, so that He could walk in the flesh and perform the work laid upon Him by the Father, through the Spirit. He was not to be and would never be without the Father and the power and goodness of the Spirit.

To think He did crucifixion as His own strength is to remove the wonder of its being an act of God. Many were crucified, justly and unjustly. Only One was crucified sinless as the Son of God, carrying the weight of sin for the entire world that was and is to come, and only He would rise victorious over death, hell, and the grave, crowned King of kings. That was the point. That it was God sacrificing His own flesh for man’s sake.

Christ – anointed, that is, the Messiah (G5547)
• He was prophesied as Christ.
(Ps 132:17; Is 61:1; Dan 9:25)
• The Spirit of God conceived Him as Christ.
(Mt 1:18,20; Luke 1:35, 41, 43)
• He was revealed on earth as Christ in the flesh.
(Mt 1:1, 16; Mt 16:16; Mk 1:1; Lk 2:11, 26; Lk 4:41; Jn 4:42; Jn 11:27; Jn 17:3; Jn 20:31)
• He was baptized as Christ.
(Jn 1:32-34)
• He was crucified as Christ.
(Mt 27:17, 22; Mk 14:61-62)
• He was raised from the dead as Christ.
(Lk 24:26, 46; Act 2:24; Eph 1:20)
• He is forever Christ.
(Rev 1:1,5; Rev 11:15)

God as Man
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Suzanne D. Williams, Author