Life On The Highest Plane: Chapter 10 Thoughts:
I read this chapter out loud as my Hon- drove us to Cannon Beach last week. It gave us lots to ponder and talk about on our twelve-hour drive. It has been worth the re-reading for me and I pray that you will take the time to read it and enjoy it as much as we have.
Chapter 10 covers the second of four spans in the “bridge of salvation”. The first span covered in Chapter 9, spoke of the incarnation of Christ. This chapter speaks of the Cross of Christ.
Right away the author dove into “the hour” that Jesus spoke of so many times during His ministry. While reading through the many Scriptures that refer to this hour, it’s clear that Jesus not only knew He had come to die, but He also knew the purpose of why He had come to die. He anticipated it and knew that it would complete His ministry on earth.
Jesus’ first mention of “the hour” was at the wedding in Cana.
“And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us?
My hour has not yet come.”
This verse has always struck me as kind of funny. But was it a funny moment shared between Mary and her Son, Jesus? Mary wanted Jesus to do something about the fact that the wedding party had run out of wine. It leaves me wondering what she knew about Jesus as the Son of God. What exactly did she expect Him to do? Did she know that He could change the water to wine? Had He shown her the things He could do at a time prior? Maybe it was the Holy Spirit prompting her to speak, saying something to Jesus that even she did not understand…
I wonder when Jesus said that His hour had not yet come, if the comment thrust Mary into a thought that wasn’t as happy as the wedding they were enjoying at that moment. Did she know the hour of which He referred to? Did she know how difficult the hour would be for her as a mother, but incomparable to what it would mean for her Son, the One who would take upon Himself every sin ever committed by mankind?
Chapter 10 follows the study of “the hour” right on through to Matthew 26:45,
“Then He came to the disciples and said to them,
“are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and
the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”
At this point I could see that the hour was definitely referring to the hour of Jesus’ death. But so many wonderful questions were asked during this part of the chapter. “Why would Jesus dread this hour?” “Wouldn’t it be an hour of glorious release?” “Wouldn’t the hour return Him to the presence of His Father in heaven?”
Here I could see how Jesus’ death related to both those who have placed their faith in Him as their Lord and Savior and to the unsaved man, for sin has to be judged by God. The saved man will see his judgment taken by Jesus on the Cross. However, the unsaved man will have to take God’s judgment of his sin upon himself (even though Jesus has done that for him), since He has not believed in the Only Begotten Son of God. This is so sad to think of since Jesus died for all men. There is no reason for any man to have to take the judgment and penalty of his own sin and perish without God. Except for one: His own stubborn will. He simply refuses to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.
The questions may be asked, “Who exactly did Christ die for? Are there only a select few?” I loved reading Scripture after Scripture in this chapter that said Jesus died for the sin of us all. Not one person is left out! When Jesus died on the Cross, He drew all men unto Himself and anyone who will come admitting they are a sinner in need of a Savior can be saved by the death of Jesus Christ. No one is exempt, except the man who chooses to make himself exempt by refusing to place his faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross!
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”
One mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
who gave Himself a ransom for all.”
1 Timothy 2:5-6
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,
crowned with glory and honor;
that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4
The author says, “the great divide, a double exposure, the place of victory, a divinely-prepared turning point, the end of the old creation and the beginning of the new, and the place of decision that determines destiny”. So true. I loved this chapter and hope you take time to enjoy it as well.