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“Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”

Although, as it is written in the Psalms, these words are from the psalmist rather than words we would be able to say are from the Lord, the writer of Hebrews wrote: when Christ came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings You were not pleased.  Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about Me in the scroll—I have come to do Your will, O God.’ “ Which is consistent with the Lord’s own words, “For I have come down from Heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me,” and with His prayer in the garden where He submitted totally to that will, saying, “…yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

What is obvious is Jesus did not come of His own will, but the Father’s will. And if there is anyone who has achieved absolute obedience, it is Jesus, and if there is anyone who has achieved absolute faith and absolute trust, it is also Jesus. For when Jesus submitted Himself to the Father’s will, He went from there to be captured, tortured and crucified in less than a day. And He kept His obedience absolute as He allowed them to hang Him on the cross and enacted the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins as His real blood poured out from His wounds, and He brought the covenant into existence with these words… “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” With that, His obedience was complete. He had come, lived, ministered, and now shed His blood and was about to give up His life so that He would fulfill His Father’s will that whoever “…looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life…” For after all, He had also revealed the Father to us by the words and actions He had spoken and done, exactly as the Father told and showed Him.

However, as the hours of darkness came and stayed without lifting until, at the ninth hour, He realised and cried out in a loud voice, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Suddenly He realised He was alone! The Father who was with Him so that He would say, “Father, forgive them…” was not there anymore. What could He do… He had done what was commanded… He could just lay down His life now for it was finished and He had the authority to lay it down. Just like Shammah, Jesus found Himself alone on the field. His earlier words in John 8.28-29 now sounded hollow, for He had said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the One I claim to be and that I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me. The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.”

Six hours now on that cross He had lived as the Son of Man in order to obey His Father because He is the Son of God. Without His miraculous and divine power He suffered worse than any man, and paid tribute to Adam for his courage to live when he was forsaken by God all those millenniums ago. (Refer earlier teaching.) But now, having obeyed, He could make His obedience absolute. Even forsaken, He would finish the work, and not just as the Son of God… but finish it as the Son of Man. Just like Shammah who had obeyed the call to fight for Israel but found himself standing alone on that field of lentils when Israel ran and not even king David was there! At least for Eleazar the Ahohite, kind David was with him as they taunted the Philistines for battle at Pas Dammin. Shammah was alone… just as Jesus was with the Father when They confirmed the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, but now at the ninth hour, Jesus was alone. Shammah stood his ground and obeyed the command to fight the Philistines to the letter, showing complete obedience to the command, entrusting his life to God Almighty. So the Lord at the ninth hour, having completed the obedience, took the obedience to the absolute and added to it absolute faith in God as He cried out, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit,” after He finished all the work, saying, “It is finished,” as the curtain at the temple was torn in two. Committing Himself into the hands of the One who forsook Him, One whom He had obeyed absolutely, made Jesus’ faith in God absolute. And as He died and waited for the Holy Spirit to raise Him from the dead, even though He could have raised Himself, the Lord added to His obedience and faith absolute trust. With that He achieved and showed us what absolute obedience to the Father is, what absolute faith in God is, and what absolute trust in the Holy Spirit is.

A servant can only show perfect obedience to the master by doing everything that has been commanded, for that servant knows he will be paid for his work. But only a son can show absolute obedience to his father, for the will of a father comes with it no reward but an inheritance. It comes with no wages, for wages belong to servants, and kings do not tax their sons for sons earn no wages from the king, only the servants and citizens do. So the absolute obedience Jesus achieved also showed what absolute obedience is. It is the perfect obedience of a son to a father’s will, not for wages or reward, and in the case of the Father who never dies, not even for an inheritance, for an inheritance is only received when the father dies. So then, Jesus Christ’s obedience to His Father was perfect, but not inspired by wages, reward or inheritance, not good, not pleasing, not even perfect… but absolute. It cannot be compared because it has never been valued by a wage, a reward or a share of the inheritance. It has no price; it is priceless and therefore, beyond question as to its worth.

As He found Himself forsaken, He did not disgrace His Father by saying, “My Father, My Father, why have You forsaken Me?” But rather He said, “My God, My God…” thus saving His Father from any reproach, and if there was to be any reproach, it was only to God. He did so so that indeed His faithfulness to His Father could be proved. For faithfulness speaks of loyalty, and in this, Jesus’ loyalty to His Father is unshakeable. By saying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Jesus spoke the truth of His state without betraying the state of relationship, going on to finish the work as a righteous Man forsaken by God for obeying His command to show us and to establish for us absolute faith in God. So that when His disciples, that is, us, ask, “How do we have faith in God?” we would know what absolute faith in God is. And when Jesus said to us, “Have faith in God,” we would know how to take that faith to the absolute level. That is, even if whatever we ask for in prayer does not happen, we would still finish the work with what we have and commit our spirit into His hands as we die! Absolute faith, even when God is not there… finish the work you were sent for, just like Shammah even when David was not around… finish the battle you started.

And as He waited for the Holy Spirit to raise Him from the dead, refusing to do it Himself, so then the Lord put His trust in the Holy Spirit so that as He said to us, “Trust in God; trust also in Me,” the Lord Jesus would live it and acquire it until it too was absolute. So absolute that right now, even today, the Lord has put His trust in the Holy Spirit to finish the work in the way the Holy Spirit sees fit. For when the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them,” the Holy Spirit embarked on a course of action to see the fulfillment of the prophetic words that the Father gave Jesus to speak, His way. You see, the Holy Spirit may not speak on His own, as Jesus said, but the Spirit of God has always had a tendency to do things His way, especially when things are not done according to the way the Father and Jesus had done them to show His people and His disciples the way things ought to be done. What I mean is this, our disobedience, our deviation from the way we were told and shown to do things, allows the Holy Spirit, no, causes and forces the Holy Spirit, and sets the Holy Spirit free to fulfill the words of God and have them done His way. And His way will always testify for Jesus that every word of Jesus is the truth, truly true.

Even though there were none of the original disciples who went to Galilee on resurrection morning, still there will be disciples who will be able to testify that they were there on resurrection morning and were shown all that was meant to be shown because they were truly there, and their very lives – their abilities, their power, their knowledge – will confirm their testimony. How? For with God nothing is impossible. If Jude could be told by Enoch, “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him” …if a man from the past can tell a man of the present age what is to come, then why would it be a surprise that a man of the present age would be able to tell those of the past what they should have seen and heard as well? For does not God know the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end? For is He not the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last? If that is so, then the Beginning knows the End, and the End knows the Beginning; the Alpha knows the Omega, and the Omega knows the Alpha; the First knows the Last, and the Last knows the First, for They are One.

So then, in the same way, we are one with the alpha disciples if indeed we are in Christ by His glory, for His glory, through His glory. If we choose to remain alive until He arrives and to fulfill every command, every word, then we have become what the eleven should have been, and in so doing, we will be shown what they should have seen, we will know what they should have known, and so on. So that by His glory, we are truly made one as They are One. So that the Lord continues to demonstrate His absolute trust in God, the Holy Spirit, as He continues to wait, not three days, but three earthly millenniums for His body, the church, to be raised and glorified so that He can return as the Head of the body and reign on this Earth with His saints… He the Head and His martyrs His body, His risen resurrected body who would go on with Him to meet with New Jerusalem, His bride.

The Lord has made His obedience absolute as He continues to sit at the right hand of the Father, awaiting the Father to tell Him when to return, on the day known only to the Father. The obedience has not changed just because He is now glorified. If glorification cannot change something, if even the glory of God cannot change something, that thing is absolute. So, if His glorification to the right hand of God upon the throne of God has not changed His obedience, then that obedience is absolute.

Likewise, the faith of Christ in God has not changed. For it was God who chose the eleven for Him, the same eleven who did not listen, the same eleven who listened to James the Younger, and so on… the same eleven who did not flee when persecution broke out, to go through the cities of Israel so He could have returned. Yes, for all the failings of the eleven, Jesus has not changed the foundation of the church. It is still built upon the apostles and the prophets. And Jesus continues to sit and make intercession for all His saints, saints who are still being chosen by God the Father, for no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws them. And the choices of the Father do not appear to have changed at all. We ourselves now are just like the eleven, if not worse. We do not listen, we do not practise, we run away at the first sign of persecution and desert Him; we are more concerned about our affairs and situation than His, and so on and so on. Yet, Jesus remains at the right side of God, making His intercessions for us, and still has not chosen a single disciple for Himself, but allows God to draw them to Him.

He has not returned on His own even though He can. He has not appeared in the flesh without the Father’s permission even though He can. His glory has not changed His faith in God, even in God’s choice of vessels who appear unsuitable. A faith unchanged by glory is absolute. A faith that is unbroken by failures and testing is good and pleasing and even perfect. It is firm and unshakeable. But it is glory that tests the absolute of faith. Solomon did not break faith with God because of hard times. It was not because there were wars. Solomon’s faith was not tested by disasters like Job… but rather, glory was what broke Solomon’s faith. It was the abundance of riches and the wealth of his knowledge and wisdom, his glory, which changed his faith. A faith not changed by glory is absolute, for the glory of God is the nature changing power of God that changed water to good wine, lack to abundance and disgrace to fame at Cana; changed the dead to the living, a family’s grief to joy, and unbelief to faith at Lazarus’ tomb. But when God’s glory does not change your faith in God, then that faith is absolute.

And likewise, the presence of Jesus in His ascended glory at the right hand of the Father has not changed His trust in the Holy Spirit as He watched the Holy Spirit first set apart Paul and Barnabas for the work He had for them, and then watched the Holy Spirit present Himself as One unseen, invisible and absent from the church as the power for miracles was withheld and the dark ages took hold of the church… and martyrs filled the space beneath the altar in Heaven. No, the Lord asked the Father to send the Spirit, and His trust in the Spirit from when He waited three days to be raised is unchanged. The glory of God has not changed the trust Jesus has in the Holy Spirit, and so that trust is absolute.

And if Jesus trusts the Holy Spirit absolutely, then so should we. Now that we know what the Lord has done – produced, acquired and created absolute obedience, faith and trust, which even the glory of God cannot change – then we know we can do likewise, for the things He has done we can do. And how will we know the obedience we have is absolute? When glory will not change it. How will we know the faith is absolute? When glory will not change it. Likewise with the trust. For the Kingdom of God is the kingdom of power, and it is the power of God that displays the glory of God.

It is not failures and trials that test whether your obedience, faith and trust are absolute. No, those things merely test that you do have obedience, faith and trust. It is one thing to have the substance of obedience, faith and trust… it is another to have those substances proved to be absolute – unchangeable, unchallengeable, unquestionable… just absolute.

God is Absolute though He seeks glory. His glory does not change Him, so God does not change from glory to glory. He remains the same. And if glory does not change Him, then trials, tribulations, failures, delays and all things included do not change Him. Truly He is the Rock, the only Saviour, there is no one else. He is the Absolute. Amen.

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