Look at Jesus life on earth. (Isaiah 53)
It was by no means easy. Nor pretty. He didn’t come as the King that the Jews were expecting. This surely cannot be the Messiah. He went through rejection, persecution, suffering, of every kind. His life was marked by grief.
He didn’t have favour everywhere He went, in every situation. In fact in little. His life wasn’t glamorous at all. There was nothing attractive about His life. No one would have had the desire to walk in the same shoes He walked. His life was far from comfortable right from the start.
He was born in a stable, because there was no room for Him in the inn. He grew up a regular little boy. He was a carpenter. He worked hard and lived on little. He served wholeheartedly expecting nothing in return. He was often left alone, this is when he really turned to His Father to meet Him. Seldom were people drawn to Him. Yet He drew near to people. He loved immeasurably. He didn’t steal the spotlight. Many Jews called him a blasphemer. He wasn’t heard. He was constantly questioned. No one understood Him. He was all wise, yet rarely recognized. Many lacked compassion for Him. The earthly blessings He received were scarce.
His Father didn’t rid Him of pain. He was tempted, tested, ridiculed. He went through many trials, he hungered, he thirst, literally. In it all He sought the Lord. He chose to be fed by His Father alone.
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
Matthew 4:4 NKJV
He experienced desperate times where His only hope was to get alone with His heavenly Father. His Father was His portion. He was not in want.
He chose surrender. He sweat drops of blood undergoing the stress of knowing the price He’d have to pay for you and me. His desire, to glorify His Father. He wanted the Fathers will alone to be done. He endured excruciating pain on that cross. He bore all the sins of the world. He took the ultimate suffering– the separation from the Father.
In our carnal minds Jesus life here on earth didn’t demonstrate the Father’s love for Him at all. Yet He was loved. Perfectly. Our carnal minds can only see right here, right now. Jesus trusted His Father with eternity. His life here on earth was just the beginning of the restoration the Father was about to bring. Jesus was in need of nothing the world could offer. He was complete.
His Father has now for all of eternity exalted Him head over all. He is at the greatest place of honor… reigning at the right hand of the throne of God.
Christ is returning. One day all will bow at the sound of Jesus name.
Consider Jesus, the Father’s beloved Son.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:5-11 NKJV
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:11-16 NKJV