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Jesus' Example

1 John 4:9 states, "In this was manifested the love of God toward us,
because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might
live through him."

It is a well debated topic as to whether when Jesus was in the physical on
earth, whether he was indeed half man and half God considering his powers.
While everyone may continue to hold a different belief at the end of every
debate, one thing on which we can all agree, is that Jesus was on God the
Father's mission.

Reflected in Luke 2:42-49, when his earthly parents were looking for him and
he stayed behind on his heavenly Father's business, it can be viewed that
not even man's expectations of him when not in line with the will of God
distracted him. It didn't matter what man thought. It didn't matter what
seemed right to man. How could a child stray from his parents, then give
them what we would call lip when confronted. One thing was sure. He was
totally committed to his Father in heaven's will.

Not only was he committed but he operated in total obedience to his heavenly
Father to the point where it  transcend  the powers of the flesh. This is
seen in Matthew 26: 39-42. Coming on to the time of his death, exceedingly
sorrowful, he consulted his Father in what would appear to be hope that his
Father would change his mind. He did not want to be crucified. He prayed to
the Father saying, "if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt". This he prayed twice. Instead
of focusing on the fact that Jesus may not have wanted to die for our sins,
it is more important to note his obedience to his heavenly Father. He never
forgot whose mission he was on. He consulted God and understood that at the
end it was up to God, his Father. It was God's decision to make. God the
Father's will to be accomplished despite how Jesus felt.

I am so happy that Jesus trusted his father even when his flesh cried
against it.  He was faithful and obedient despite what he was feeling in his
flesh.  Even when he felt like he had been forsaken.  Oh what an example for
believers to follow. Are we ready to declare to the Father, like Jesus our
example, "Not my will but thy will be done"?