Think for a moment, if you were Jesus. He’s the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! All hell trembles at the whisper of His name. Yet Jesus left the splendor of His Heavenly Kingdom to live on this earth, to walk where we walk, to feel what we feel, to face the same temptations we face. He suffered the same things we suffer. Why did He do it? Jesus wanted to be “…made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrew 2:17). He’s our priest, but not just any priest. Jesus is the only merciful and faithful High Priest who has first-hand experience with what we are going through! Yet, He was despised and still is being rejected today with bitter hatred.
Would you have given up your throne in a heavenly kingdom to save a wretched people who hated you? Jesus sacrificed more than just His throne. He humbled himself and was obedient even to the point of death, but not just any death. He died in the most despicable way: as a common criminal, hanging on a cross, convicted by the very ones He was destined to save. Jesus suffered more than any human has ever endured. Still, His response to the crowd’s anger was “Father, forgive them…”
Now Jesus is at the right hand of the Father back in His Heavenly Kingdom where He is ever interceding on our behalf. The next time He comes back to earth, He will be accompanied by all the splendor and glory that rightfully belongs to a majestic King. Jesus has every right to retribution; His holiness demands it. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord! However, even in the last chapter of His word to humankind, Jesus never lashes out in retaliation, never claims vengeance. From Genesis to Revelation, the message is still the same. Whosoever will, come! As you tune in to this podcast episode, I pray you get a glimpse of the mercy and compassion that Jesus is still extending to a lost and dying world even to the very end.