12. Compulsory Race

When the Father said that Lord Jesus is His Son who pleases Him,1 Lord Jesus had not became a winner. It is true he was pleasing Father, because He was willing to let go of His glory, but He had not yet reached perfection in fulfilling His call. For that duty, He had considered His glory to be worthless compared to doing what is pleasing to the Father in Heaven. He left behind His glory which He had had even before the world was created, and emptied Himself to be equal to human in all aspects. When He turned 30, He was baptized by John the Baptist, just as a sinful man was baptized, even though He had no sin in Him. 2 That is the reason He got the acknowledgement as a pleasing Son. However, that acknowledgement from the Father was just the beginning of His struggle in saving mankind. Even though He had already been pleasing  to the Father, but the Father had not given glory to Him yet. He had to succeed in fulfilling His duty and winning in the fight against darkness by becoming corpus delicti. After He won, all power in heaven and earth were given to Him. His glory was given back and He sat at the right hand of God.

The peak of His struggle was when He was tortured, mocked, and humiliated in public, but in all that He endured the opposition against Himself by sinners, which actually are His creations. 3 He was the only Son of God who pleased the Father, but if he failed to rose up as a winner, the He would be separated for eternity from the Father. That is why it is said in the Bible that he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of his reverent submission. Only because of His reverent submission was He heard. 4 Death in this passage is not just to die, but to be separated from God for eternity. Had Lord Jesus failed in obeying and respecting God the Father, He would be separated from Father for eternity. Therefore, to receive back the glory He had, He must prove Himself to be son of man that endured suffering. 5 With His winning, He was accepted to sit at the right hand of God, receiving the power to rule just as before the world was created. In His statement, He said “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne”. 6 The same thing applies to believers. If they fail to have obedience just as Christ, then they don’t deserve to be glorified along with Lord Jesus.

We have to understand and accept that the race to become legitimate children of God has to be the only struggle in our life. In Hebrews 12 there is an important truth regarding this. That we have to look upon Lord Jesus means to follow His endurance to become a winner. 7 He is the only model of a Son of God whom we must learn from. The race that is marked for us means we cannot choose not to race. We must not make anything other than this race as a must. Therefore, we only have one target, which is to become children of God. Everything we do must be done for that purpose only. Only by doing this, can we glorify our Lord. When we take Him as the worthiest thing in life. 8 This is what Abraham had done in all his life, he followed the call to find the land promised by God. This was his only race.

1)Matthew 3:17 ;   2) Matthew 3 ;   3) Hebrews 12:2-3 ;   4) Hebrews 5:7 ;   5) Hebrews 5:7-9 ; 6) Revelations 3:21 ;   7) Hebrews 12:2-3 ;   8) 1Corinthians 10:31

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