A friend asks about Hebrews 10:7 that reads: “. . . then said I, Lo I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do your will, O God.”
These marvelous words are an interpretive quotation from Psalm 40:6-8, which in turn was being cited prophetically. It was the testimony of the eternal Son of God as He prepared to leave heaven and “the bosom of the Father”(John 1:18). Christ descended to Earth to become also “the Son of man,” (our Savior) with “nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20).
Jesus Christ first took up residence on Earth in his mother Mary’s womb, then in a manger. Then in a house in Bethlehem, followed by somewhere in Egypt until the death of King Herod who had tried to kill Him. His dwelling place then was in the home of His foster father, Joseph of Nazaeth, in a despised village. Eventually His “residence” was on the cross on which His enemies could impale Him. And finally, for three days in a borrowed tomb.
All this, amazingly, was to do the will of His Father in heaven, which He fully understood would include the terrible death of the cross.
“Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again” (John 10:17).
We can never comprehend such love — only believe it and receive it. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Now we can testify with Paul: “… the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
But anyone who ignores that love should note this sobering truth: “… he who believes not is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater MN 55082 or call 651-430-0231. www.stillwaterbaptist.net