UNIT 11 JESUS THE MAN OF DESTINY
When the claims of Christ to have perfect control over His life and the manner of His death are compared with the circumstances surrounding that life and death, they combine to form a very convincing argument that Jesus was something far more that a mere man; that he was in fact a man of certain planned destiny.
We have reason to expect that an ordinary man would have survived the ordeal of crucifixion had he been removed from the cross after only six hours. But, remarkably, Jesus after only six hours on the cross announced with a strong voice that this was the very moment of his death, and immediately He died!
The claims of Christ concerning His life and death and the historical circumstances surrounding that life and death are an evidence that Jesus Christ was in possession of supernatural powers.
To discover that the claims of Christ and the facts concerning His life and death, show that Jesus had complete control over His own life and destiny, how He would die as well as when He would die.
- Learn of five claims Jesus made which manifest that Jesus would die when and how He chose.
- See that several times different people tried to kill Him in various ways but could not.
- Discover the characteristics of death by crucifixion and how this proves that Jesus was a man of destiny.
THE CLAIMS OF CHRIST CONCERNING HIS LIFE AND HIS DEATH
- Jesus Claimed That No One Could Take His Life From Him, John 10: 17-18
He said in substance that He had power over His life. The fact that He says, No on can take my life from me, is tantamount to saying that:
- He has power and control over His own life and over the circumstances that would touch His life.
- He would he to have power and control over the lives of anybody else.
- He actually has the power to keep anyone who would make an attempt upon His life from fulfilling that attempt.
- Jesus Claimed That He Had Power To Lay Down His Life, John 10:18
In this He claimed the ability to die whenever He wished. Such power would have been considered highly desirable by anyone sentenced to die by crucifixion. Jesus isn’t speaking of suicide.
- He is talking about sacrificing Himself
- nobody can take His life, He himself has the power to lay I down at the time He chooses.
- Jesus Claimed That He Would Die By Crucifixion, Matthew 20:19; John 3:14; 8:28; 12:32 – 33.
Throughout His life attempts to kill Jesus by means other than crucifixion failed. The reason assigned to these unsuccessful attempts was the Jesus’ “hour had not yet come” (cf John 7:30; 8:20) Jesus viewed His death as a destiny which he had come to fulfill.
- He said He would die by crucifixion, Matthew 20:19
- He claimed that as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up that whosoever believe in Him may in Him have eternal life, John 3:14 – 15.
- Crucifixion is completely contrary to the way you could expect a Jew to die.
- He Claimed That He Would Die At A Particular Time.
- Mine hour is not yet come, John 2:4. This phrase, “My hour is not yet come,” is stated in such as way as to make us understand that there was a particular time, a particular destiny that Jesus was progressing toward and had been born into the earth to accomplish.
- Mine hour is not yet come, John 7:6. there was a certain time to make it known by some means, by some manifestation. (f. John 7:30; 8:20)
- He Identifies That Hour
He identifies the very time and what it is, not only the time but that the time is the hour of His glory, John 12:23ff
- It is the hour of His glory. The hour is come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
- It is the hour of His death. Now is my soul trouble, and what shall I say/ Father, deliver Me from this Hour? But for this cause came I to this hour.
- It is the hour of His destiny. Now before the feast of the Passover Jesus, knowing that His hour had come that He should depart out of the world unto the Father, John 13:1. Here, then, is the hour that He had finally come to, the hour of His destiny, the hour of His death, His burial, His resurrection, and His ascension back to the Father.
Now this all shows, then, that Jesus is a man of destiny. He was born to die upon the cross, not some other way. He was born that He might be raised, die and raised and go back to the Father. And all of this would be a proof of His divine nature, of His claims to save us from sin, death, and hell. What a marvelous thing!
THE FACTS OF CHRIST CONCERNING HIS LIFE AND DEATH
The following facts make good Christ’s claim to have control over the circumstances touching His life to the point of fulfilling His destiny at the cross.
- No One Could Kill Jesus Although Attempts Were Made on His Life.
- Herod attempted to kill Christ in infancy in what he thought was a effort to save his throne (Matthew 2:13-21). He failed!When Herod the Great, true to his murderous character, heard that Jesus was born to the Messianic throne of David, he ordered the death of all male children in and around Bethlehem up to two years old. But Joseph and Mary took Jesus and scurried to Egypt when they were forewarned of Herod’s intentions (Mathew chapter 2).
- At Nazareth the members of the synagogue attempted to throw Jesus off the brow of the hill on which their city was built, but failed (Luke4:16-30). “but He passing through the midst of them went His way” (Luke 4:28 – 30).
- Officers were sent by the ruling Jews to arrest Christ but even the arrest was not carried out (John 7:32, 45 – 46). the impact Jesus had upon the officers was quite impressive.
- A number of attempts to kill Jesus by stoning also failed (John 8:59;10:31, 39). His destiny would not allow Him to die any other way, at any other time than that determined by the Father. (Acts 2:22 – 23)
- His entire public ministry was threatened by attempts to kill Him one way or another (John 5:18; 7:1, 19,25; 8:37, 40;11:53, 57)
Jesus’ life during His ministry was continually under the threat of death, yet all efforts to kill him failed.
The futility of their attempts upon His life, for what ever reason s may be supposed, nevertheless, confirmed His claim to have power over his life and over theirs to the extent that they could not kill Him though they tried.
- Jesus Died At The Moment Of His Own Choosing
- Death by crucifixion took 36 to 72 hours. The death of the crucified was brought about by exhaustion or starvation, not by loss of blood. Thus the reason for breaking the legs of the thieves was to prevent them from supporting their bodies in order to breathe and so accelerate their death ( John19:31 – 33).
- Jesus died in 6 hours, Mark 15:25-37. this explains Pilates surprise when he learned of the death of Jesus; it was too soon to be expected (Mark 15:44). this man died when He got good and ready John 19:30 said, He bowed His head and gave up the ghost.
- Jesus died voluntarily. He chose the very moment of His death and by an effort of His won will he died. This is made clear in the following accounts: Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit (Matthew 27:50); and Jesus uttered a loud voice and gave up the ghost (Mark 15:37); And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said “Father, into thy had I commend my spirit’; and having said this, He gave up the ghost (Luke 23:46); …. He said, “It is finished”: and bowed His head, and gave up His spirit (John 19:30).
Christ’s claims are confirmed by His life and His death. All the facts are contrary to the normal expectations of death, and the agony of death. The facts surrounding the Life and Death of Jesus Christ are such that they lend great weight to His claim to be the Son of God. Attempts to either capture or kill Him prior to the time of His own choosing were thwarted one after the other. His death on the cross was too soon for the normal procedure. His death by crucifixion, not some other way, fulfilled His prophecies. This plus His confidence throughout His life even to the moment of His death that he could accomplish His own purpose shows us that He was the one in control, not only of His own life, but of the lives and circumstances of all that were about Him!
In addition He is in control of all our lives, 2000 years later, in at least one sence, if you have heard of Him you must make a decision concerning Him.
Therefore it is reasonable to believe that Jesus was much more than a mere man; but that He was a man of destiny according to God’s predestination, and that His death at Calvary was not a failure but His own victorious conquest over sin and death. –