The other “It is written” of Jesus

“Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God” (Hebrews 10:7; Psalm 40:7-8).

Did you ever consider that there was, in one sense, a law of God that was written only for Jesus? Jesus was asked to do things none of us could do if we wanted.

  • He was required to be sinless – to forsake all earthly treasure and temptation, all worldly lust and renown, all violations of God’s holiness (Matthew 4:1-11).
  • He was required to abandon the heavenly environment of perfection (Philippians 2:5-9).
  • He was required to partake of an existence that was beneath his status (1 John 4:2).
  • He was required to live in submission to his own law (Galatians 4:4).
  • He was required to suffer cruelties and die for crimes he didn’t commit (Isaiah 53:8-11)

That is just a minuscule list of highlights.

As Jesus faced excruciating and inevitable death, he was aware of God’s special will for him, as the scripture had said, “I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God!” (Hebrews 10:7 cf. Psalm 40:7-8).

Jesus was guided by the written will of God in life and when facing death. Doing the will of God was not always comfortable, but it was always his comfort (see also: Acts 2:25-28).

May our love grow to be more like his, to live by what “is written.”

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Rick Kelley

I began preaching in Wallace, WV (2000-2002), and worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004). I graduated from the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004), served the church in Prestonsburg, KY as pulpit minister from 2004-2014, and am currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). Outside of biblical studies, I enjoy spending time with my much better half, Samantha, and our six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah). We have an equal parts sweet and goofy Golden Retriever (Max), a rather energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses).

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2 thoughts on “The other “It is written” of Jesus

  1. This confirms what I read in Phillipians 2:12, after Paul had described Jesus’s own saving work,

    “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” (ESV)

    As He did His part, even so we must do ours.

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