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POSTED: February 12, 2013 8:30 p.m.

The prophet Isaiah pictures Christ as being submissive. Notice Isaiah 50:5: “The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.”
Christ came to do the will of his father; he was totally submissive. Look at his words concerning his mission for God: “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38). “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’”  (Matthew 26:39). His mission led him through danger and even death, yet he obeyed the will of the father.
He was different from all the other servants God sent to man. Moses, the leader of the Israelites when they left Egypt, tried to avoid the mission God had for him. He offered excuses as to why he should not be the messenger for God (Exodus 4:1, 10). While Moses was a great leader, he failed to be totally submissive to God, and he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land.
Another one whom God sent out was Jonah. He did not want to perform the task given to him by God and tried to run from his responsibility. Had he been totally submissive to God, he would have trusted God and fulfilled his mission.  It took being swallowed by a great fish to get him to understand he needed to obey God. Moses and Jonah were important characters in Bible history, yet they rebelled against God.
Christ was not like these men. He also was submissive to God in his teaching. “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marveled saying, ‘How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?’  Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me’” (John 7:14-16). In his three-plus years of teaching, he carried out God’s plan to the letter. The words of Christ came from God the father. “I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him (Deuteronomy 18:18).
It was — and is — God’s desire that all men be saved. Man must realize that apart from following God’s word, he cannot be saved. Jesus told this during his earthly ministry. “Not everyone that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). The words of Christ will sustain all men.
When Jesus journeyed to Samaria, he stopped at Jacob’s well. There he met and talked to a Samaritan woman. This puzzled the woman, for the Jews of her day looked down on the Samaritan people. Jesus told her of the water of life that is for all men everywhere (John 4:4-35). The color of a man’s skin or his station in life is not a factor when it comes to God’s word. It is for everyone (Romans 1:16-17). The word of God is able to sustain because it is truth (John 8:32, 17:17).
Isaiah told of one who “should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary” (Isaiah 50:4). To all men weary of sin and distress today, the word of God waits to sustain them if men will only look to the word. Jesus set the example that all men need to follow — obey God as He directs from His word.
Christ was submissive even unto death. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). He knew what his mission was, knew he would suffer pain and death, yet he was willing to submit to the father’s will.
If Christ was willing to submit to God, then we also should seek to be submissive. Study the Bible and obey God’s teaching. Heaven awaits those who are prepared.

 

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