Jesus was fully human and had to walk by faith just as we do. I know some might think he was exempt because he was the only begotten son but let’s look at what the scriptures say before we decide.
We started studying Galatians in Sunday school today and right away I was struck by how Paul wastes no time in sharing about the resurrection. In the very first verse he tells us God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead. I shared with the class how God the Father had to be the one to raise Jesus from the dead because Jesus was, well DEAD! Jesus had to fully trust the Father to raise him because he could not raise himself.
In the 2nd chapter of the book of Acts we read where Peter said something very similar. He said, “God raised him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for him to be held in its power.” Once again we see that God raised him up but we also read that it is because death had no power over him. You see, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” While we know Jesus was made sin for us he actually had none of his own therefore the grave had no right to hold him and had to give him up.
You might say well that’s all fine and good but how does that apply to me? Let’s look at one more verse found in Romans 8:11. It reads, “But if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” The exact same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead now dwells in us believers!
Let’s get back to Jesus living by faith. Time and time again, especially in the Gospel of John, we read where Jesus lived his life completely dependent on the Father. Jesus said things like, “The son can do nothing of himself…For I did not speak on my own initiative…I speak just as the Father has told me…,and The Father abiding in me does his works.” He lived his entire life always by faith in the Father, and yet when the time came for him to go to the cross he still had inner turmoil and conflict. Having feelings or thoughts that conflict with what God wants isn’t necessarily sin. The end decisions and actions we take are what make the difference.
In Matthew 26 we read what took place in Gethsemane just before his crucifixion. Jesus said, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death;” He then went to pray to the Father and said, “My father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you will.” All the way up to the point of Jesus’ death he lived by faith. As we can see he had moments when he didn’t think he could go through with it but in the end he committed himself to his Father’s keeping.
One thing Jesus said from the cross was “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” But what I believe was Jesus’ last words were faith words. He said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Although he fought what we could say was doubt, fear and feelings of abandonment; in the end he had faith in his father and committed himself into his care.
Sometimes we may feel fear, doubt and a sense of abandonment but we too in the end have to give ourselves into God’s hands. No matter what things feel like or appear to be we know deep down God is good and he has everything under control. Just as Jesus lived his life in complete dependence on his father his final act of faith was to believe he would raise him from the grave. Knowing now like we do that God didn’t leave his son in the grave; we have hope too that one day we will be resurrected.
I believe Jesus lived a fully sinless life but it was also a life of faith. We read elsewhere where he was “tempted at all points yet was without sin.” Faith is the only way around temptation but that may be a subject for another time.
Written by Louie