There are two verses I would like to offer today to you that show the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ in a way that many do not care to contemplate, for in one regard they reveal to them, incorrectly, that He is not God, not Sovereign over His creation.
The first would be when He was in the garden that night praying with great drops of blood for sweat. “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39) The Creator and Sustainer of the universe asked the Father if there was another way than His substitutionary death for the Almighty to find a way to forgive us. The perfect sacrifice did not want to endure the cross, not just because of the physical pain, but because it would lead to the second verse I will offer to you today.
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46)
Jesus Christ, and forgive me for putting it like this, questioned the will of the Father.
He who is God knew what was going to happen, He who knows eternity past to eternity future wanted to know if there was another way. It is impossible for us to understand the Godhead, three in one yet separate, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for we see not only in those verses but in the entire life of our Savior a hierarchy, the Father is above the Son. Our minds are not able to comprehend the Trinity, it is not possible.
“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10)
“For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” (Romans 15:3)
I do not question the Sovereignty of the Most High, I bring these words and verses to your attention not to cause doubt, or to show what some foolishly call contradictions in the Scriptures, but to increase your faith, to contemplate those things that only God Himself can answer.
If you are going to build your house upon the Rock, you need to be very sure that Rock can support the weight. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10)
This verse in Malachi is more than an invitation from the Lord to offer up the first fruits of the blessings He has given to us of our finances, it calls us to trust completely in Him, and my friends, if you are going to trust someone, they need to prove that they are trustworthy, honest and open with you all the time, no deviation from this can be permitted.
These two verses I have offered you today show that the Son was subject to the will of the Father, yet He claimed, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30) And not only that, but He said He would send another, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” (Deut. 6:4)
Do you see where human contradictions can override Spiritual discernment, do you understand why many are called but few are chosen, do you see why the preaching of the cross is foolishness to so many? Only the wisdom of God can reveal the truth to us, and unless you pray fervently for these truths, they will remain hidden from you. Do you understand a little better today why the just do not only live by faith but must live by faith.
No man on this planet can or ever will be able to answer the statements I have offered here today, and I do not believe that the Almighty is going to do so until we get home, and even then these eternal truths may never fully be known to us.
I labor in these thoughts, I seek rest in Him who has the answers, even when I know that those answers may never be shown to me. Faith continues to seek the face of God, it obeys when there is no clear path, no perfect answer. We trust even when we do not understand.