67: Psalms 8:5-6


COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 67

The Messiah will humble Himself in order to become the servant of mankind, even unto death.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 8:5-6 “For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet…

—Literally in the Hebrew language: vattechasserchu meat meelohim, “You have made him less than God for a short time”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Philippians 2:6-8 (Jesus) “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 Peter 3:22 (Jesus) “who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.”

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For ‘He has put all things under His feet.’ But when He says ‘all things are put under Him,’ it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

Application:

Although the Messiah is the eternal God, when He takes the body of a man, He will voluntarily humble Himself in order to complete our salvation. As a result of His obedience, the Messiah and all those who have trusted in Him, will be resurrected from the dead into life eternal.

1 Corinthians 15:2o-24 “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

The concept that God would become a human being is difficult enough to grasp; added to this impossibility are the details of this 67th prophecy, that God would humble Himself and die for the very beings He created.

If we would sit in a quiet place and contemplate the visual images of the torture which Jesus endured, while considering that the one we are observing is the Eternal God, we should be deeply moved. Contemplating that God has come to us in the form of a man, humbly allowing evil men to torture and butcher Him, this is undoubtably one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

Let us presume that there be a being who has the power and ability to speak the universe into existence as the Bible describes, how is is possible that He would permit malevolent men to savagely beat and crucify Him? If it had not been for the fact that this entire event was carefully and methodically recorded for us by the very people who saw these things take place, none of us would ever believe such a story.

I suppose this is one of the reasons that some people find the story of Jesus’ death and Resurrection so hard to believe. It really is a truly amazing account of extraordinary proportions. Many Christians have failed to consider the stunning reality of how Jesus lived, died and then rose from the dead, because we have heard this story on so many occasions. We have grown used to hearing the narrative of the Lord’s torture to the point where it no longer impacts us in the way that someone who is hearing it for the first time–would respond when such things are told them.

Legal scholar and one of the founders of the Harvard School of Law, Dr. Simon Greenleaf, has written an incredible treatise on the rules for evidence that are admissible in our courts of law. Regarding the evidence of Jesus’ death and resurrection as given by the four Gospels, Dr. Greenleaf said this:

“Every document, apparently ancient, coming from the proper repository or custody, and bearing on its face no evident marks of forgery, the law presumes to be genuine, and devolves on the opposing party the burden of proving it to be otherwise.”[1]

Dr. Greenleaf makes an important point that because the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ horrible death and amazing resurrection exist today, with the same text that they were originally written in as early as 32 years after the events took place,[2] this evidence presumes for us that they are genuine. The burden for proving that these documents are not actual accounts of the events, or are forgeries, rests with the opposing parties.

“An ancient document, offered in evidence in our courts, is said to come from the proper repository, when it is found in the place where, and under the care of persons with whom, such writings might naturally and reasonably be expected to be found; for it is this custody which gives authenticity to documents found within it. If they come from such a place, and bear no evident marks of forgery, the law presumes that they are genuine, and they are permitted to be read in evidence, unless the opposing party is able successfully to impeach them.”[3]

Unless proof can be offered which would impeach these documents, they stand as legal and historical proof that the man Jesus Christ lived, died, and was resurrected from the dead, by the testimony of the eyewitnesses who recorded these events.

“The burden of showing them to be false and unworthy of credit, is devolved on the party who makes that objection.”

-Simon Greenleaf, “The Testimony of the Evangelists.”

No historical scholar to date, has successfully impeached the four gospels in a manner that is sufficient to remove their credibility or accuracy as genuine and reliable documents of antiquity.[4]

From our vantage point as human beings, it is difficult to understand why God would be willing to become one of us just so that we could viciously put Him to death. If the roles were reversed, most of us would say that we would not give our life and be willing to go through torture and suffering for anyone, who has conducted themselves in the manner that humankind has acted during our brief history on the earth.

The real suffering that Jesus endured was not experienced during the six hours in which He hung in agony upon the cross. It was the mental and spiritual anguish that He felt as He was abandoned by God and forsaken, as He was made sin for us.

Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

The Father turned away from the Son when He took all our sins upon Himself. Just as we cannot have fellowship with God because of our sin, the Father could no longer have fellowship with the Son when He became sin for us.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He (the Father) made Him (the Son) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

None of us could possibly fathom what it was like for the Son of God to be separated from the Father when He died for us. Imagine the unbroken love and fellowship, which had existed for countless eons, suddenly broken because of our sins being placed upon Jesus.

Jesus did this for us because of His great love. Even while we were still sinners, He was willing to die for us.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The deep humility that Jesus displayed before the world, is a shining example of the kind of service and humble heart that each one of us should exhibit in our own lives, every day. Jesus’ example of humility in submitting His life to the Father on our behalf is the fulfillment of this 67th Old Testament Prophecy of the Messiah from Psalms 8:5-6.


NOTES:
[1] The Testimony of the Evangelists: The Gospels Examined by the Rules of Evidence Administered in Courts of Justice by Simon Greenleaf. Chapter : “An examination of the testimony of the Evangelists”. Published by Kregel Classics, a division of Kregel, Inc., P.O. Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. ISBN 0-8254-2747-9
[2] 1. Dr. Carsten Peter Thiede, the director of the Institute of Basic Epistemological Research in Paderborn, Germany 2. Thiede, Carsten Peter & D’Ancona, Matthew, The Jesus Papyrus, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1996.
[3] Ibid, Simon Greenleaf.
[4] Those scholars who are attempted to do so, such as Dr. Bart Ehrman, do so from an assumption that God does not exist, and the events of the Bible are a myth.

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