7779 - Faithful In Appointment
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One of the strong testimonies of inner character in a person is faithfulness in completion of a task, which has been assigned to you.
Let’s talk about the faithfulness of Jesus as the Son of Man on earth. Listen to Hebrews 3:2:
He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.
Some points deserve attention in this passage, which is talking about Jesus as the Son of Man: about his faithfulness in completing the assignment for which he came to earth.
We notice the comparison between Jesus and Moses. Why are they mentioned in comparison? We will look more closely at this in our next discussion; however, we will point out that they were both assigned a task by God, which was to be completed on earth.
Moses lived about 1500 years before Christ. His life’s story is recorded in Exodus through Deuteronomy in the Bible. Moses was called upon to be God’s man in leading Israel out of slavery in Egypt and into the land, which God promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
God the Father had a much greater task for His Son who was called Son of Man while on earth. Jesus was to become the sacrifice to atone for the sins of all humanity. In this way he could lead those who would choose to follow, out of darkness and death, into light and a living life relationship with gracious, holy, Trinity God.
In order to qualify as this acceptable sacrifice for the sins of humanity, He had to perfectly identify in every manner as a human being. So the Son of God, the Christ/Messiah came to earth in the form of a baby in the womb.
The Spirit of God fathered Jesus so that he would avoid a sin nature inherited from an earthly father. This was necessary so that he would be sinless, otherwise he would not qualify as the redeeming sacrifice. Jesus spent nine months in Mary’s womb, was born as flesh and blood, lived for about thirty-three years on earth so that he could experience the trials and emotions which all humanity share.
Many people do not understand that Jesus did not make use of any of his divine powers while on earth. Every miracle, healing, teaching, act of forgiveness; and his strength to endure rejection, brutality, and the agony of crucifixion was made possible through the power of Father God who resided in him during his life and ministry. Jesus depended perfectly upon the Father to direct him and accomplish the Father’s purpose through him.
This was all planned in the council of heaven before the beginning of time. Jesus was chosen for this task of redeeming mankind before the creation of the world (1Pet. 1:20).
It is impressive to realize that even as Christ, the Son of God, created the earth and everything in it, including man and woman, that the heavenly council was fully aware that the created man and woman would fall and become sinners.
Some could ask, “Why did he go through with creation?” Who can question God? We do not have insight into these details. We do know that God desires to have close fellowship with people who would seek him and reach out for him in love (Acts 17:27).
So, the plan for saving mankind from their own willful, sinful self was in place before creation.
At God’s chosen time he brought Jesus to be born by Mary, and to be brought up in a family. Jesus experienced the emotions and feelings that all humanity goes through. He never shirked, never drew back.
This is the testimony of Scripture. He was faithful to the One who appointed him; and that was no less than Father God.
Through this ultimate sacrifice of himself Jesus made it possible for any person throughout history to be reconciled with Holy God. This requires an expressed faith in the work and the person of Jesus Christ. Only those who seek Him, respond to Him, and obey Him, qualify to receive a second birth into an eternal, new life, in fellowship with Trinity God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.