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Jesus begged the Father three times in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Such was the anguish that an angel appeared from Heaven to strengthen Him, and as Luke recorded for us: He prayed more earnestly and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[1]PT

If you were only reading Luke, you would think Jesus only asked once, but Matthew and Mark record that He asked three times, saying, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.”TP[2]PT In the darkness of Gethsemane, the Manliness of Jesus began to shine… shine not as the Son of God with power that He could face the coming crucifixion without anxiety and anguish, but with the weakness of a man, the frailty of man when faced with a challenge that seems beyond overcoming. He pleaded for Himself as any man would plead. He put Himself to such weakness that when an angel appeared from Heaven, the angel actually strengthened Him. An angel, one of His servants, one of His creation, actually strengthened the Lord of lords, the God of all angels, the God who made all angels and sustains them by His powerful word was now in such anguish as a Man that He was being strengthened by one.

Perhaps this was the same angel who provided the food for Elijah when he was running away from Jezebel’s threats in 1 Kings 19:5-7. For men like Elijah, and like us, to walk in faith with God and experience great miraculous triumphs like the sacrifice on Mount Carmel and then to charge forward to the next encounter only to flee in fear at the first whiff of opposition is normal. That is the nature of men of faith, and if men with miraculous power would flee from threats to their lives, do not for a moment think that the manifestation of full power in you will stop you from running from the battlefield.

It is written: As the time approached for Him to be taken up to Heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.[3]PT And when He was warned by Pharisees that Herod wanted to have Him killed, Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach My goal.’ In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!”T[4]PT Note that He thought He would die in Jerusalem, when in truth, He died outside Jerusalem. The Son of God who He is, was setting out in full determination to have His day in Jerusalem, and no threat of Herod would stop Him. He did not believe He would die in going to Jerusalem, He knew He would. And in this reply before His enemies and disciples, He showed no sign of the weakness of man.

So, we think and discount the Man who is Jesus Christ, and consider Him as being Son of God that He could not understand us. To man, God was merely and has always been watching from a distance, not realising God had become fully Man through Jesus Christ so that He would experience and know all that is in man and overcome them being a Man, in order that He could truly be our Advocate before the Judge.

In fulfilling the Law and the Prophets as the Son of Man and Son of God, He showed that the Law and the Prophets could only be fulfilled by a Man who is the Son of God, therefore by the Law, no man could be justified, and since the Law could justify no one and served no other purpose than to point to the sin, He annulled the Law after He fulfilled it as Son of Man and Son of God. As such, for man to be justified before God, he must first be set free from the Law and then placed into a place superior to the Law, a place where justification comes entirely through faith in the intercession of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only Man who could fulfil that Law because He is the Son of God. Having done that, He now had to prove that He is fully Man; otherwise justification by faith in Him was not valid. He could not be the Champion of men as Son of God… He had to be our Champion as Son of Man.

Now, before the assembled throngs of Heaven and Hell, before angels and demons and all powers and authorities in the garden, the USon of God would begin His journey to validate His fullness of Manliness in the likeness of manU. It was by His will that Jesus was now in Jerusalem, for He had said, “…and on the third day I will reach My goal.” But was that the will of God or was that will the will of a Man? If that was the will of the Son of God, then it provided no validity or benefit to man. The will that took Him to Jerusalem on the third day must be the will of a Man for it to have validity as a will for all His descendants and beneficiaries, all those who would forsake the Law—no—even break the Law in eating His flesh and drinking His blood as He commanded them. He had set the stage for man to be set free from the curse of the Law, that if they put their faith in Him, He would raise them up. However, to verify that will legally, He had to be fully Man, for the will of God for man does not carry with it the fullness of freedom that fulfils the Law and the Prophets, for Jesus said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”[5]PT

If that was true, and for the Lord to annul the Law after He had fulfilled it, He could not just remove it and declare it obsolete, otherwise Satan would have a field day accusing His Father that the Law was no good to begin with. That is why it took a Man who is the Son of God to fulfil it. If that was the case, then how could Jesus claim God alone is good and how can God be good if the Law was no good?

No, in order to preserve the unquestionable goodness of God, Jesus had to fulfil the Law of God as the Son of God so that He could bring men to a Usuperior covenant, the Covenant of Faith in HimU, where righteousness was by faith in God, not by the obsessive observance of a set of rules where tithing was exaggerated to a tenth of dill and cummin!

It was not enough for Jesus to fulfil the Law as the Son of God and then to set it aside so that men who put their faith in Him could access God by a superior Covenant. When Jesus opened the door to the fulfilment of the Law and the Prophets as Son of God, He also had to shut that door on others, the other sons of God, sons who were not obedient to the Father, sons of God who had rebelled as far back as Genesis 6, who saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and they married any of them they chose. In that unholy copulation, these sons of God produced a race as it is written: The Nephilim were on the Earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, UmenU of renown.[6]PT

For if He fulfilled the Law as the Son of God and obeyed the Father in all His commands in the power and superiority as Son of God, then those fallen angels could accuse the Father that their sons, the Nephilim, would have been able to do what Jesus did anyway, for they were heroes of old, UmenU of renown. Those fallen angels could have negated the uniqueness of God’s Son now made flesh, for there had been gods who had sons who were men, men who were wiped out by the flood and then again in Canaan by Joshua and Caleb until the last of them was killed in David’s time—the Nephilim and their descendants, the Anakites and the Rephaites. Not only that, had Jesus gone on the cross in the fullness of the power of the Son of God, then those angels held in Tartarus could accuse the Father of genocidal slaughter of their offspring in an unjust fashion. That their offspring were slaughtered so that the so-called honour of redeeming man would be reserved for Jesus Christ, God would have been accused of despotism of the worst kind.

No, having fulfilled the Law and the Prophets in the power of the Son of God so that men who put their faith in Him would not rely on justification by faith in Him alone, He had to set aside the will of God for men and bring man into the will of the righteous Man for man. Thus, by His will as He said, “…and …I will reach My goal,” He was now at Gethsemane on the eve of the battle of all times.

In order now to validate His will that brought Him there for all men, He now had to be fully Man, laying down all His powers and status as Son of God and take on the fullness of Man. Sure, He had been a Man of miraculous power on whom the Holy Spirit had rested, but there was a son of man not born of copulation between an angel and a woman but a man and a woman, who also had such power and on whom the Holy Spirit rested—Elijah.

Elijah had his victories, but when he picked up his clothes and outran Ahab, he did not reach his goal. Elijah, the man of power, the elect of the Holy Sprit for his time, ran, and an angel had to strengthen him.

In order to prove that He is fully Man and was willing to validate His will for man as a Man, thus proving authenticity of kinship, Jesus began to face the cross as Jesus the Man, weak enough to plead three times for God to remove the cup, so weak that an angel had to appear to strengthen Him, just as he did His kinsman, Elijah.

Like a man, He suffered anguish and sweated drops like blood. As He arose from that threshing floor at Gethsemane, He would from that moment on walk only as a Man except for that exceptional moment when He healed the ear of the soldier that Peter had cut off. From that instant, Jesus gave a foretaste of His future ministry. He would be the Peacemaker between man and man, between men who thought that they were the ones who were truly serving God as they understood Him. For the soldier who came to arrest Him was serving the God of Moses, and Peter who cut that soldier’s ear off, was serving the God of Jesus, never realising They were One and the same. In that last demonstration of power, the Son of Man showed us what He would be and who He would be when He is seated at the right hand of God, not only reconciling all men to God through Him, but reconciling all men to their manliness. Through Him, there would no longer be man or woman, for woman was a word of man, but in Him they would be male and female, the way God made man in His Image as well. Judgment would no longer be based on how a man served God, but how a man served another man.

As He took the insults as a Man, the beating and flaying as a Man, the crucifixion as a Man, and the forsaking by God as a Man, saying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”TP[7]PT …then as a Man, He completed the work on that cross, a righteous Man forsaken by God, completing the impossible work as a Son of Man, not as the Son of God. For if He had continued the work as the Son of God, then His cry would have been, “My Father, My Father, why have You forsaken Me?” No, at that moment with His echoing of the words of David the Psalmist, He confirmed His status as a Man. As a Man for whom God was merely watching from a distance, God who had now truly forsaken a righteous Man, not a self-righteous man, nor sinful men who were foolish enough to ask God to judge them by their own righteousness. Foolish men who could not even fulfil half the Law and thought they had kept it all. Foolish men who thought if they added more laws of morality, that the heavier the burden, the more righteous they would become.

“My God, My God…” was His testimony to those angels in Tartarus, and to Satan as well, that He is now fulfilling the requisites of the superior Covenant not as Son of God as He did the Law, but as Son of Man. In order for their sons, that is, the sons of those imprisoned angels, the Nephilims, to do what Jesus is about to do, those Nephilims would have had to fulfil the New Covenant demand of faith in God as men, not as heroes. The Covenant of Faith excluded all angelic beings from its benefit of forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus by repentance, for all angelic beings have been in the presence of God. As such, they do not believe there is God and shudder, no; they know there is God and shudder. For their offspring, the Nephilims, Jesus proved to them that they could never do what He had done even though they were also sons of gods, heroes of old, men of renown, because the last of their kind, when he had the chance to redeem his own kinsmen, did not enter the field of battle in the weakness of a man with faith in God, but in full battle armour with a coat of scale armour of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. P PHis shield bearer went ahead of him.[8]PT He was fully armoured to face an unarmed boy save his sling, five smooth stones, a staff and his faith in God… and lost. Goliath couldn’t even face David as a man even though he was nine feet tall and David was the small runt of his family. No… no sons of angels could ever do what He was about to do… enter the battlefield against Death and all His allies as a Man, naked without armour, hands and feet pinned, carrying not a javelin on His back but a cross too heavy for One Man to carry, and weakened by a night of cruel bashing and flogging. In such a state, did Jesus enter the arena of life and death, a state no men of renown, heroes of old could enter, and so, shut out of the equation the possibility that one of those sons of angels could have done what Jesus did.

It is His hour on the cross as the Son of Man that is the greatest triumph of Jesus Christ the Man, forsaken by God, naked, thirsty, bleeding, weak, insulted, rejected, with His loved ones weeping and travailing in mourning, overcoming the temptation to reject His Manliness to take up His Godliness and end the suffering, His suffering, Jesus Christ established that His will is the will of a Man and as such, it is the will for all men who would follow Him. “I will reach My goal.” And the Man reached His goal and finished the work God gave Him in peace with God, without an excuse or seeking to blame Eve or an angel, in silence, asking only for a drink when He was thirsty so that He could finish the task. Then the Man God forsook adopted God who forsook Him, and said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”[9]PT God had forsaken Him, He was no longer the Son but a Man; and this Man Jesus Christ, did not forsake God and not only did not forsake Him, but gave Him back the Son He had lost when He cried out, “Father…”

Now truly through faith in Him, and by that faith, accepting His, that is, Jesus’ will, man could call God Father. It is no wonder that the writer of the Hebrews wrote: In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists should make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.[10]PT For it was a Man who finished the work of redemption on that Roman cross, a righteous yet God-forsaken Man, a Man made sin by perfect obedience to God. It was a Man who also called God His Father from that cross, not a Son of God, not a hero of old, but a Man who breathed, who bled, who hurt, who knew anguish, who thirst, the Man called Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

It was His will that finished the work in peace, and it was His will that He became fully Man, and it was His will that He would submit His spirit to God whom He called, “Father.” It is that same will that now holds and carries all the benefits to those who are His kinsmen, male and female, who have chosen to be cut off from God by the Law, but to be sons and daughters of God through faith in Jesus Christ the Man, who dared to say to God who forsook Him, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

As such, be in no doubt of the qualifications of Jesus Christ, to have all sons of the devil to be weeded out of His Kingdom for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is for man, male and female, not for sons of spiritual and angelic beings or sons of those who have not in mind the things of God but of men. The Man Jesus Christ had in mind always the things of God and not of man, otherwise in His pain as a Man on the cross, He would not have finished His work and become an accuser of God forsaking Him, even as He died.

It is no wonder therefore, that God has put all judgment in His hands. “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself. And He has granted Him authority to judge because He is the Son of Man.”[11]PT It is no wonder that when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him…[12]PT as it is written, He will separate the nations of men as a shepherd separates sheep from goats and reward them or condemn them by what they have done to His brothers. And who are His brothers or sisters or mothers other than those who hear God’s words and obey them. And what are God’s words to men since the Man Jesus Christ stood on the surface of this Earth, other than: “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”[13]PT

It is no wonder demons tremble and shudder and that saints will judge angels, for it was a Man who fulfilled the better Covenant, the Covenant of Faith in God; faith in the God who forsook Him and faith in the God they had not known. For no angel was forsaken by God, but God permitted them to appear before Him. Even Satan and all angels have seen God.

It is no wonder that the words and works of Jesus Christ will bring all the works of men to nothing, for He alone finished the task and confessed God who forsook Him as “Father.”

Foolish then are all men, male and female, who having heard of Jesus Christ have refused to believe in Him; foolish because they are not hurting Jesus by their lack of faith, but merely harming themselves.

The work of Jesus is complete and perfect once for all. It cannot be duplicated by any sons of gods or any sons of man, for He did what no other sons of gods would do; that is to come in the weakness of a Man, and what no other sons of man could be, forsaken by God for being righteous in perfect obedience.

Thus through Him alone and in His Name alone can man approach the throne of God boldly and find grace and receive mercy, for by the grace of Jesus Christ the Man, God received back His Son when He cried out, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

AMEN


 

[1] Luke 22:42-44

[2] Mark 14:36,39,41; Matthew 26:39,42,44

[3] Luke 9:51

[4] Luke 13:32-33

[5] Matthew 7:12

[6] Genesis 6:2,4

[7] Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34

[8] 1 Samuel 17:5-7

[9] Luke 23:46

[10] Hebrews 2:10-11

[11] John 5:26-27

[12] Matthew 25:31

[13] Matthew 17:5

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