The End? Or Just The Beginning?
As Jesus possesses, and his paternal spiritual lineage is Holy, He is ‘King of kings’ (Revelation 19:16).
Being of the same Holy Spirit of Father God, Jesus’ inheritance is all of creation, making him King of kings. If Jesus manifested in human physicality arrived as ‘King of kings’ where would the choice to submit and obey be? Remember Hamlet? “To be or not to be?” Our question is, “To believe, trust and follow, or not?”
For God’s plan to be honest and true, humanity must be given options, (believe or not, agree or not, respond or not). It must be offered at least two choices. There must be no malicious intent or biased purpose. Both ‘free will’ choice and the opportunity to believe in, trust, adhere to, or become a disciple of Jesus must be allowed free and independent thought, decision and action.
If the Lord God is prejudice in His demeanor, action or intent then He would be (attempting to) influence or coerce responses. The choice to accept or reject Christ would be irrelevant if there were no free will.
Although his followers recognize Jesus as ‘King of kings’ his presentation to the world had to be as ordinary as were the ‘ways and customs’ of the Israelite people of his day and times. Jesus entered this world as a normal human and experienced a life far removed from royal. One of his roles is to serve. To serve in our place for death.
Therefore, he is said to have been a servant (John 13:5). He was born not only a man, but a servant for and of humanity. This point is important. To pay the price for sin (death), that debt had to be paid by a member of mankind. For this reason, Jesus the man had to be just like the rest of humanity. Subject to its ways and means. Only a member of humanity could redeem the rest of humanity. But to do so that individual had to be pure from the start and sinless for the balance of his life. (Ecc 11:5)
The Holy Spirit embodied by Jesus guided his thoughts, words, deeds, and responses keeping him true to the character and nature of his holy spiritual origin. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Jesus, a man and spirit who volunteered to serve humanity and Father God by accepting the role and purpose of Christ/Messiah.
Join me next time for part 7 when we look at Jesus’ roles of Sacrifice and Salvation.
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