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 began preaching in Wallace, WV (1999-2002), worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004), and is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004). He served the church in Prestonsburg, KY from 2004-2014, and is currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). He also serves on the resource staff for the Warren Christian Apologetics Center (WCAC), a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to "setting forth evidence for the existence of God, the divine origin of the Bible, and the deity of Jesus Christ." Outside of his biblical studies, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Samantha, their six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah), a sweet Golden Retriever (Max), an energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses). He also specializes in boring people with his guitar (he's also been known to do this with his sermons), prefers Earl Grey (now that he can no longer drink coffee), and studying personal finance.

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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